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17 Jun 11 #273359 by ThisCharmingMan
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OK, here's a Friday question.

In the titles for my new flat there's the usual list of things I can't do: turn it into a leather tannery, ropeworks, candle works or glass works. Fairly standard.

There's also the stipulation that I cannot use the property as a "Barking House". Now, I have no idea what this is, and nor can my Solicitor!

Anyone know?

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17 Jun 11 #273360 by rubytuesday
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A Barking house is a relic from our fishing heritage. The only remaining barking house is on Arran, but its derelict.

In the barking house, the nets were dried and repaired. Most barking houses were built in the mid-19thC. They became redundant just after the end of the first World War, when synthetic nets were introduced.

Does that help?

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17 Jun 11 #273366 by ThisCharmingMan
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Ruby - you are more than a mere font. You are the source, the headwaters, stream, meanders, and delta of the river of all knowledge!

Thank you: I will refrain from drying and repairing nets when I move in.

TCM :)

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17 Jun 11 #273368 by rubytuesday
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:blush:I only knew this because I have spent many years living in fishing villages ;)

Ive just remembered that a barkin hoose was dual purpose - it was both a workplace and living accommodation. The tide flooded the lower level, and the occupants lived upstairs, although it was most commonly used as just a workplace.

End of today's history lesson ;)

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