butt house

Discussion in 'English Only' started by mariana79, May 21, 2016.

  1. mariana79 Senior Member

    In The Rainbow, by D.H.Lawrence, last chapter, ursula is walking in the rain, she says,

    the grimed houses glowed dull red, the butt houses burned scarlet in a gleam of light, under the glistening, blackish purple slates.

    what is butt house, is it a special kind of a house or is it a part of a house?
    thank you for your help
  2. dermott

    dermott Senior Member

    Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
    B.E. via Australian English
    I have a feeling this came up once before in this forum but I can't find the thread.
  3. johngiovanni

    johngiovanni Senior Member

    I think they are the end houses / corner houses in a row of terraced houses.

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