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  • Housing in Cork City

What's the problem?

Up until the sixteenth century most of the houses in Cork were made of wood.

This material was convenient to source and inexpensive to use. However, there was one major danger which a wooden house always faced!

Can you think what it is?

Everybody must get stones

FIRE of course!

This was the reason houses couldn't be made from wood. Most wooden houses would have had central hearths on which to build fires to warm the home. Although wide chimney provided ventilation, a stray spark could still start a blaze which could burn down a whole street!

Therefore from the 17th Century on, most new houses in Cork were built from stone. The one to the right is a good example of a standard stone house built in the 19th century.