We look at history through the window of a country house

By madventure | Nature, Photography | 11 Jun 2024


 

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The House of the Mayor of Katowice from 1820, yes, that's not a mistake. Today's city of Katowice in 1820 was still a village whose sheriff was the village head. Katowice was granted city rights only in 1865.

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The oldest district of Katowice is "Dąb", dating back to 1299. Katowice consisted of scattered and distant villages, without a clear center, in which various branches of industry developed.

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Therefore, the house from the open-air museum is just one example of a village mayor's house, not everyone had to look the same, but some features are certainly common.

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A characteristic element of this farm is the dovecote. Pigeon breeding was one of the passions of Silesian hosts and farmers and I noticed that it has survived to this day.

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When I go to the Jura and visit the head of the local village, who is also fascinated by pigeon breeding, but his dovecote is modest, simple, not to say primitive.

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The pigeon loft that stands in the open-air museum is almost a work of art. Raised high on a pile, it has dozens of intake openings and an elegantly made roof. It has six sides and three holes on each side. It looks impressive.

As the village head was already a significant person in the village, he could afford more than the average peasant. The Singer sewing machine is undoubtedly a luxury that only a few could afford.

The entrance to the house was decorated with a wooden porch with two benches, probably made for potential applicants.

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The mayor also did not have an ordinary well, where a bucket had to be lowered several meters to draw water. The mayor already had an advanced water pump for that period.

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The interior of the house is modest, with a tiled stove, a classic chest of drawers in the kitchen, and a small dressing table with a washing bowl.

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