The Crooked House of Windsor

Fun Friday – The Crooked Windsor House

We need some entertainment after seeing tons of dropped ceilings and peeling laminate floors, so Old Houses Under Under $50k introduced Fun Friday a while back. It is a collection of weird old structures, NOT for sale, simply of interest.  Today we visit The Crooked House of Windsor.

This tiny version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is known The Crooked House of Windsor.

 

When it was built in 1592 in the meat market section of Windsor, England, the then butcher shop was known as Market Cross House and was a fine, upstanding structure.

 

In 1687, however, the town council razed the building to build Guildhall. An uproar and legal battle ensued, forcing the town to make a begrudged rebuild. They constructed the new building as hastily and cheaply as possible using unseasoned green oak. When the oak dried out, the building buckled and warped settling into what we see today, a crooked yet charming little corner of the world.

Here’s a peek of the interior from a 2015 real estate listing.

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3 Comments

  • Naima Haviland

    So cute, but unnerving. What’s to keep it from falling down on someone’s head someday? This structure reminds me of the shop in the BBC miniseries Little Dorritt (with Claire Foy in the lead role). Little Dorritt had to work in this shop and it was obviously about to tumble any day. Hope this isn’t a spoiler, but in the last episode it did, in spectacular fashion 🙂

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