10 Historical Houses

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The world is full of fascinating historic houses that are begging to be explored. By visiting them you can obtain a wealth of information about the people who once lived there and what shaped their lives. From the haunted mansions, to the quaint birthplaces of historical figures, here is a list of just some historical houses that are currently still standing in the world today.

 

Stone House in Nas montanhas de Fafe

This stone house is located in Nas montanhas de Fafe in Portugal.

Stone house in Nas montanhas de Fafe: Wikimedia

Stone house in Nas montanhas de Fafe: Wikimedia

Like most 21st century houses, the house has windows and doors but it is constructed completely of stone. It also has a significant likeness to the house of the Flintstone family from the popular cartoon of the 1960s. It appears to be a stone house, set between two boulders and looks like how popular culture would imagine a stone-age house.

 

Hanging Houses of Cuenca

Also known as The Casas Colgadas (literally meaning Hanging Houses) the complex of hanging houses resides in the Cuenca region of Spain.

Hanging houses of Cuenca: Wikimedia

Hanging houses of Cuenca: Wikimedia

It is unclear as to when theses houses were first constructed, but evidence has been found of their existence in the 15th century. Currently only a few of the houses still stand.

 

Kingston Bagpuize House

Kingston Bagpuize House is a 17th century manor house located in the village Kingston Bagpuize, west of Abingdon.

Kingston Bagpuize House: Geograph.org

Kingston Bagpuize House: Geograph.org

The house underwent renovations in the early 1770s and boasts marvelous grounds containing rare trees, shrubs and an 18th century paneled pavilion.

 

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Anne Hathaway was the wife of the most famous playwright of all time, William Shakespeare, and her childhood home is located in Shottery, Warwickshire.

Anna Hathaway's Cottage: Wikimedia

Anna Hathaway’s Cottage: Wikimedia

The house is a twelve-room farmhouse and stands surrounded by 90 acres of gardens. The oldest part of the building was constructed in the 15th century and looks like a typical English Tudor house. There have even been replicas of the house built across the world including Australia, Canada and Texas.

 

The Witch House (aka The Jonathan Corwin House)

The Witch House was built in 1675 and was the home of the famous Witch Trial judge Jonathan Corwin.

The Witch House: Panoramio

The Witch House: Panoramio

Located in Salem, Massachusetts, it is the only historical building that still survives from the year 1692. It may come as no surprise that the building is said to be haunted.

 

Werribee Park Mansion

Werribee Park Mansion resides to the West of Melbourne and was built in the 19th century.

Werribee Park Mansion: Flickr

Werribee Park Mansion: Flickr

The wealthy sheep farmers, Thomas and Andrew Chirnside, built the house. They built the house in an Italianate-style and the interior is styled from the Victorian period.

 

Gainsborough Old Hall

Located in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the best-preserved manor houses to survive from England’s medieval period.

Gainsborough Old Hall: Wikimedia

Gainsborough Old Hall: Wikimedia

The house dates back over five hundred years ago as Sir Thomas Burgh built it in 1460. The house is now owned by English Heritage and is open to the public.

 

Osborne House

Osborne House resides in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, which is an island situated just off the south coast of England.

Osborne House: Wikimedia

Osborne House: Wikimedia

The house was built in the late 19th century and acted as a royal residence for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is actually the place in which Queen Victoria died in 1901. The house is now owned by the state and is open to the public as a museum dedicated to the memory of the popular queen.

 

Castle Ward

Castle Ward is an 18th century Gothic house situated in County Down, Northern Ireland and overlooks the majestic Stangford Lough.

Castle Ward House: WikiPedia

Castle Ward House: WikiPedia

The house is surrounded by 820 acres of landscaped gardens and is home to a wealth of Victorian architecture, including a working corn mill.

 

Longleat House

Longleat House is a stately home that is situated near Warminster, England and was built by Sir Thomas Thynne after the priory was destroyed in a fire in 1567.

Longleat House: WikiPedia

Longleat House: WikiPedia

The house if famous for being a prime example of Elizabethan architecture. It is also a very popular tourist attraction due to its vast grounds including a safari park, maze and landscaped parkland.

 

 

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