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Riverlands cob cottage

Riverlands cob cottage

This cob cottage at Riverlands in Marlborough was built around 1859. Colonial settlers often employed forms of construction similar to those from where they had come. Migrants from Cornwall built cob dwellings from a mixture of clay and straw or grass. These were built up in layers to make sure the walls were thick and well insulated. Roofs were either of thatch or wooden shingles. Relatively few cob dwellings have survived into the 21st century, making the Riverlands cottage an important heritage building.

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing - Construction and materials', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013