"Tom Thumb's house" Horncastle Off The Beaten Path Tip by sourbugger

Horncastle Off The Beaten Path: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Tomb Thumb - from a book of 1630
by sourbugger

Despite the amount of times I have been to Horncastle, I had never come across the architectural feature known as 'Tom Thumb's house'.

There is another one (quite a bit larger) in nearby Coningsby, which I have written about under the 'Lincolnshire' section.

Both of them date from around the early 17th Century and consist of a timy one-room stone house place high up on the roof of another house.

The one in Horncastle is much smaller, and it would seem does not actually claim to be the home of the original Tom Thumb who lived to a ripe old age of 101. This little feature is thus just an architectural embellishment. Nowadays it sits on quite a modern brick building that is used as an Estate Agents. It is the last building on Wharf Road opposite the Ship inn Pub. If you can't find it, ask for information at the nearby Tourist Information Office.

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  • Written Feb 3, 2006
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