Curators Choice – The Ironstone Cottage

Visitors to the Museum can explore the ground floor of an Ironstone Cottage. This cottage originally stood on Church Street, Scunthorpe. Church Street was one of the first streets to appear as part of the early urban development of Scunthorpe in the 1860s. Like many cottages from the time, Numbers 15 and 17 were built of the local ironstone. These cottages appear to have been slightly earlier than the rest of the street and were built in a different style.

In 1962, the houses on Church Street were demolished so that modern housing, including Crosby Flats, could be built. Wishing to save some of this early history of urban Scunthorpe, the Museum acquired number 15 and 17 Church Street. The cottage we see today was rebuilt at the Museum in 1963 using parts of number 15 and number 17. Most of the structure came from number 15. Whilst the back of the house includes parts of number 17. The red quarry tiles and timers visible on the floors throughout the cottage are original.

In this video, Community Curator Kathryn Spence, takes a closer look at the Ironstone Cottage.

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