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Field Cottage
Vermaaklikheid, Western Cape

Style:Cape Vernacular

this type of cottage is found here and there throughout the Vermaaklikheid area (Walton, 1995:64)

These cottages follow the principles of the Kapstylhuis construction, a shelter favoured by the Trekboer, consisting simply of an A-framed timber framework thatched over with Cape dekriet. These particular examples differ in that the A-frame is raised on a low wall of rubble preventing rot of the ends of the thatching and allowing a greater area of usable free space. The end gable walls are also constructed of rubble, the one end featuring a projecting abba-vuurherd (also called komyntjie) allowing for an internal fireplace.

(see Walton 1995:60-65)

Writings about this entry

Walton, James. 1995. Cape cottages. Cape Town: Intaka. pg 64, 65 (ill of similar)