John Tilley is the owner of the smallest house in Britain. This small property in Conwy, North Wales has only two rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.
The homeowner operates his home as a tourist attraction six months a year, although this year it had to open a little later than planned due to sanitary restrictions. Jan Tilley’s home attracts thousands of visitors each year.
“The house has been in my family for five generations,” she told the Mirror. “My great-grandfather bought it in 1891 but nine years later he was told it was too small to be a house and he wanted to demolish it. Fortunately, he was good friends with the editor of the local newspaper, who Launched a campaign to find out if this is the smallest house in the country.”
After asking people across the country to measure their homes, it was determined that Convi’s house was, in fact, the smallest in the country. So it was saved from demolition.
Since the house was still too small for people to live in, it was preserved as a tourist attraction in 1990.
Jan says house has not changed. “It has been preserved as it was a century ago, with a small iron bed and not a toilet but just a sink.”
A furniture company challenges itself to install a sofa
Because there is so little space, Jan never considered refurbishing the home, but a while back, a sofa company approached her to try to integrate one of their furniture. Jan found the challenge interesting. “I wanted to be there when they tried to set up the sofa, I wasn’t going to miss it,” she said. Dozens of tourists stopped at Britain’s smallest home to watch delivery men attempt to put up sofas, but their fun was short-lived as they managed to do so.
So now it is possible to sit in the smallest house in Great Britain!
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