A while back Gavin pointed out a beautiful collection of old Jura images and when I revisited the site I had a closer look at images from Knockrome and Ardfernal. One of the images that raised my interest was a very old one of the Paupers’ Houses dating back 1901. Let me first show you the image and the text belonging to that image:
The Paupers’ Houses The 1861 census records five paupers, all widows or widowers. It was hard for an ageing widow to be self-sufficient. Peat had to be cut, water brought from the well, roof to be thatched, etc. However, the community looked after those who needed help and stacks of peat have been built for their winter fires. The houses are now holiday homes.
The paupers are of course no longer there and the houses are now available as holiday accommodation but it still is interesting to see how the cottages have changed over time. When I saw the old image I tried to find a similar one of the current situation and found it on Uli Sauers Jura pages. When I sent Uli an email he kindly agreed to let me use it on the Jura blog, the result can be found below. An image from more or less the exact same spot, more than hundred years later.