Mysterious story behind Liverpool’s smallest house

Only one plaque identifies what was once the smallest house in all of Britain, now overthrown by an even smaller property on the North Wales coast.

The tiny house on Wavertree High Street is sandwiched between the Cock and Bottle pub and a betting shop.

A plaque from the Wavertree Society calling it “THE LITTEST HOUSE” reads: “Later part of the Cock & Bottle pub, No.95 High Street was once known as England’s smallest house. ”

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Wavertree Town Hall is just a few doors down and is around the corner from George Harrison’s childhood home on Arnold Grove.

You would be forgiven for missing the pint-sized property painted the same color as the neighboring pub.

An upstairs door and window take up most of the width of the property’s frontage, making it hard to imagine who would have room to live inside.

The house was apparently built around 1850 to replace a narrow side passage.

It is said to be barely six feet wide and 14 feet front to back.



What was the smallest house in England, located in Wavertree.

It was eventually incorporated into the Cock and Bottle pub, possibly in 1952, once serving as accommodation for the pub’s licensee, according to Cock and Bottle manager Chris Bennett.

But its earlier history is mysterious and fascinating.

One story goes that a husband and his wife raised eight children in their small house, while another story tells the story of a particularly tall resident who had to climb the side stairs.

Ten years ago, repairs and renovations turned the little house, and later a rooster and bottle storage room, into a passage like it used to be.

You can’t imagine it from the outside, but behind the door is a staircase leading to a four bedroom apartment above the bookies and the pub.

Only a plaque marks it as the miniature house it once was.

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