A team of explorers of the project Abandoned UK have found another landmark in the British countryside.
The house shaped like a giant boot has been found in the middle of nowhere in the UK woods. The team kept the location of their find secret for fear of vandals.
The nursery rhyme "There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe" dates back to 1794 and its authorship is still unknown. It tells of a mother who lived with her twelve kids in a shoe. Later it was published in The Christian Mother Goose Book (1978) in an edited form.
It is noteworthy that the last line of the nursery rhyme was changed. The earlier version reported that the mother "whipped them all soundly and put them to bed," but by 1978, the old woman no longer whipped her children before going to bed, but "kissed them all gladly." Apparently, over time the methods of raising children have changed for the better.
Unfortunately, the building was found in a very poor state. Only the facade of the shoe has been quite well preserved. The wooden roof and the inside of the house are simply dangerous for hikers. The explorers have posted a photo on their Facebook page and asked for help from Internet users to uncover the history of the house.
Interestingly, the subscribers' opinions were divided. Some of the followers reported that in the '50s a woman actually lived there. Others claimed that the shoe house was actually just part of a children's theme park. As the researchers have found out both versions were right.
Indeed, based on scant evidence, the team were able to confirm that a woman did live there in the middle of the last century, as well as the fact that her house later became part of a theme park in the '70s and '80s. Anyway, today the fairy house needs an extensive restoration, because it is densely overgrown with moss and greenery. This house seems to confirm the axiom that sooner or later nature takes over.
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