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A building which housed unmarried gardeners in often cramped conditions and with rudimentary facilities. Often built along a wall of the kitchen garden. The bothy ‘system’ was used for both unmarried male and female servants and labourers, and was most frequently associated with estates in Scotland and northern England in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The term may be used today to refer to a shed where gardeners shelter or take refreshment rather than a potting or tool shed.



Trawsgoed, (also known as Crosswood and Trawscoed), Ceredigion, Wales. A gardeners' bothy and three gardeners. Photograph copyright: Peter Davis.