Ha! The ladder isn't so far fetched. Victorian Coal Miner's Parlour by Terry Pinnegar Photography, via Flickr A look into the front parlour of a typical miner's cottage in the late Victorian/Edwardian era. Such cottages were extremely compact, thus the front room of this one in Beamish Museum colliery village, doubles as both a parlour and a bedroom for the miner and his wife. Other occupants of the cottage would ascend a ladder into the loft for their sleeping quarters.
Victorian Collier's Kitchen by Terry Pinnegar Photography, via Flickr The collier's son sits in the rocking chair in front of the huge black-leaded fire range, warming himself on the welcoming fire and reflecting upon the day's work before retiring to bed. This fire range is typical of a miner's cottage in the late Victorian/Edwardian era and is in Beamish Museum colliery village.