Posted by: christinelaennec | November 15, 2011

Another wee hoosie

A few months ago, I wrote a post about very small houses in Aberdeen.  Here is another one:

A small house in Aberdeen

This house used to have a name – something like Cherry Trees – but now it only has a number.  It is only as wide as the roof; you can see the gable end of the house it adjoins. There is a floor below street level, so perhaps four rooms in all, plus the loft?  I like the large doorway and lintel, which is very like the tiny house on the Hardgate in my earlier post.  If you just saw it from the side you would never know it was so minute!

I hope you’re all having a good week.



  1. I’ve never had any desire for a huge house, so something this size would suit me fine.

  2. Miss Priss’s comment: “THAT’S a HOUSE?!” After we read your description, she decided she liked it. I much prefer cozy over grand, myself. Less to clean!

  3. It makes my little house seem like a castle!

  4. I don’t think I’d fit through the door standing up straight! It’s adorable…definitely built for small, petitie people. wee folks, right!?

  5. Like a little stone house in a story book! I imagine Beatrix Potter would populate this house with tiny hedgehogs with aprons and figgy pudding on the table! xx

  6. Come and see the smallest house in Britain standing in Conway very soon. We can knit as well 🙂

  7. I would love to know the story behind that house. Do you think it was a shop?

  8. ah, simplicity … and less cleaning. i like it!

  9. Dear everyone,

    Thanks so much for your comments, and I’m glad you liked this wee hoosie!

    It’s true that living in a wee hoosie would potentially be simpler and involve less cleaning. Personally, at this stage in my life it would also involve filling a few of the rooms top to bottom with various accumulated possessions and the family archives. Having said that, our current house has no loft or storage space to speak of – all is in shelves and wardrobes, and it does limit what you can keep, which is good.

    Jill, I don’t think it was ever a shop – but there is a shop across the street from it.

    Heike – someday, someday!!!

  10. What a cute little house! I’d love to see inside!

  11. This is my house, how funny to find it here. I often take a look at this blog to see photos of Aberdeen from a unique perspective and was looking for photos of doors as we need a new one, one more in keeping with the style of the building and the area. The comments about easy to clean amused me as I haven’t yet mastered that one. I think it was once a shop, a butcher or a grocer shop but I would be interested to find out more.

    • How very funny! If ever I see you coming out, I will say hello! Interesting to hear that a wee hoosie doesn’t necessarily make cleaning easier.

  12. I can confirm that this used to be a commercial premises of some sort. At the very far corner of my memory (in the early 1970’s i was a pupil at Ferryhill School) I remember it being the sort of all-purpose grocer/costermonger/newsagent that used to typify the corners of just about every street in the Scotland of that era. But I don’t think that’s the full story. The building’s position, at the north end of the impressively tenemented Ferryhill Viaduct which straddles the Holburn/Ferryhill Burn (the medieval boundary of the burgh of Aberdeen) perhaps suggests that it was, when built, a turnpike tollbooth or bridge-keepers lodge. It’s predecessor tollbooth sits about 100m north up the hill on the corner of Bon Accord St/Old Mill Road “Good Morning Telephone Service”. Old Mill Road was the oldest medieval-era right-of-way green lane road into Aberdeen. It was bypassed by the Hardgate! (Which means ‘paved road’ – a significant upgrade!). In time, the Hardgate was bypassed by Holburn Street (originally and unimaginatively simply called “South Road”) with its own impressively-tenemented viaduct straddling the Burn at the Malt Mill pub.
    The wee hoosie’s wee-shoppie history, along with the facts that the majority of Ferryhill was not incorporated into the City of Aberdeen and developed till 1901 – around the time that the viaduct was built – and the building’s position right on the former border of the city all suggest that the building had first a civic function, that – once dissipated – became converted to commercial, now domestic use.

  13. Dear key stakeholder,

    Thank you so much for your extensive comment! So Jill was right. I know the “Good Morning Telephone Service” building further up Bon Accord Street, and I can exactly see that it was once a tollbooth. I also knew the meaning of the Hardgate’s name, and had been told it was at one time the major thoroughfare between the Bridge of Dee and the town centre. But there’s a lot in your comment that is new to me – fascinating! Thanks again.

  14. The wee hoose, wis kent as Suttie’s, as the mannie that ained the shoppie wis ca’d Suttie. It wiz a general grocers and licensed to boot! Ower the road on the ither corner wis Ronnie’s, anithir shoppie ained by a mannie ca’d (you’ve guessed it) Ronnie. Up Bonnacord Road, ower the brigg, wis the blue shoppie, it wiz ca’d that cuz it wiz blue! Yi’ve na idea the intelligence needed to find yer wy aboot Aberdeen.

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