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Treasure585

  1 month ago

I'm Confused!

I've been watching a property programme on tv & someone just came out with "The house was built 130 years ago when people were smaller" Eh? That's confuddled me no end. Do you believe people were 'smaller' in the olden times or is that just a myth? Personally i'd say it's nonsense!
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Chris563

  1 month ago
It could be true as some really old houses had low doorways Reply
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Mark_W

  1 month ago
Maybe they meant “older”! Reply
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gljcleeve

  1 month ago
Im proved nourishment, better health care and better knowledge of such things has certainly made us grow more, but 130 years isn't really long ago. Reply
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redwine1

  1 month ago
Yes people were not as well nourished as today Reply
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katinajones7

  1 month ago
Not sure about 130 years ago....... however these days there are a few women who make me even look small and I am almost 6ft tall!! Reply
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Meryl10

  1 month ago
yes they were smaller, less overeating and good food in those days. Reply
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pigmare

  1 month ago
I don't know how true it is... but it does feel like the kids I work with were so much bigger than my friends and I at the same age! Reply
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nsayer

  1 month ago
I read that humans were shorter thousands of years ago but I didn't think we were much different only 130 years ago Reply
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davidwatkin

  1 month ago
I was a lot shorter when I was 6 than what I am now Claire.
Does that help? :-) xx
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CathHMN

  1 month ago
It is true that people on average tended to be a bit shorter than the current average based on studies of skeletal remains. However this fluctuated so there were times when the difference was marginal. In England during the Roman occupation (200-410AD) the average height for a man was 167-170cm compared to the current average of 175cm. It is thought by researchers that improved sanitation and a more varied diet may have contributed to the trend of increasing height under the Romans as it didn't fall significantly for about 200 years. Post the Norman invasion average height rose again (to 172-173cm). From 1200AD average height fell in England - probably due to plague and colder weather affecting harvests (there was a famine 1315-17). In the early 1600 the average height had again risen only to fall again until the early 1800. I suspect that the view that people were much shorter is the beds were significantly shorter - as Laramie states because people slept in a semi-recumbent posture and lying flat was reserved for the dying. Also due to the low doors and ceilings on the ordinary houses but this was probably more to do with reducing the space that needed to be heated and heat loss than because people were significantly shorter. Reply
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