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Pitt’s Cottage

Pitt’s Cott is a single storey building originally constructed in Broad Lane, Bilston around 1890. The cott was self-built by the Pitt family using second hand bricks which accounts for the uneven brickwork, out-of-plumb walls and general homespun look.

It’s owner Sam Pitt worked at a nearby quarry and later at the Caponfield Ironworks opposite his home. His wife Charlotte, like other housewives of the period, kept a pig in a sty next to the earth closet in the garden.

She stretched the meagre family income by making up clothes on her Singer sewing machine with bargain fabric bought at nearby Bilston market.

The ‘gloomy’ interior was cheered with light from a moveable paraffin lamp suspended from the ceiling.

Friends of the Black Country Living Museum, who host regular Living History Weekends at the Museum, look after Pitts Cott and can be found there most weekends.

Information Sheets

To help you make the most of your visit you can download an exhibit information sheet.  These are especially useful for customers who may have hearing impediments. 

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