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'My house is smallest in UK at 72in wide – and I need specially made furniture'

News'My house is smallest in UK at 72in wide - and I need specially made furniture'

It may be only 122 inches tall and 72 inches wide, but the smallest house in Britain still had room for a new sofa. But with only one room upstairs and a second on the ground floor, it was a tight squeeze getting the new piece of furniture inside.

The country’s smallest house is in the market town of Conwy in north Wales and is run as a tourist attraction by owner Jan Tyley.

For six months in the year, visitors can pop inside the property, which has been deemed too small to be lived in.

The end of terrace house on Conwy’s quayside has been preserved as it appeared more than 100 years ago, boasting an iron bed, basin, but no loo.

Jan had not considered adding to the furniture because she didn’t think there was any more room.

The house itself has been in Jan’s family for five generations, according to the owner.

She said her great, great grandfather bought the house in 1891 in order to let it.

Nine years later the council told him it was too small to be a house and they wanted it demolished.

Jan explained that as a “good friend” of a local newspaper editor, the house was saved after a campaign was launched to find the country’s smallest house.

People across Britain were asked to measure their houses, which finally led to the house in Conway being recognised as the smallest.

As a result it was spared from being torn down along with a few other properties.

The last person to live in the property was six foot three tall, local fisherman Robert Jones, according to Conwy’s official tourism website.

A stone’s throw from Conwy Castle’s walls, a woman in traditional Welsh costume stands outside the red-painted house when it is open to visitors.

She tells people about the history of the property and shows them the ground floor.

Visitors are not allowed to venture upstairs due to structural issues.

Built in the 16th century, the house has a floor area of 10 feet by 5.9 feet.

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