from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ale-house; a public house.
  • n. In mining, a house in which miners keep their mine clothes and make the necessary changes of clothing before entering and on leaving the mine: usually provided with facilities for bathing, and for drying the mine clothes.


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  • Hope, where not only the change-house, but that of our well-known friend the cooper, were all prepared for reception of himself and his noble guest, with a liberality of provision which requires some explanation.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • “I must take the liberty to say, my lord — —” answered Ravenswood, and the tone in which he interrupted the Marquis boded no long duration to the friendship of the noble relatives, when he himself was interrupted by the little sexton, who cam puffing after them, to ask if their honours would choose music at the change-house to make up for short cheer.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • There is a tankard and gridiron painted over the door of an obscure change-house in the Back Wynd of

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • The worthy waggoner, according to the established customs of all carriers, stage-coachmen, and other persons in public authority, from the earliest days to the present, never wanted good reasons for stopping upon the road, as often as he would; and the place which had most captivation for him as a resting-place was a change-house, as it was termed, not very distant from a romantic dell, well known by the name of Keirie Craigs.

    The Abbot

  • The others entered the change-house, leading Edward in unresisting submission; for his landlord whispered him, that to demur to such an overture would be construed into a high misdemeanour against the leges conviviales, or regulations of genial compotation.


  • Life – Guards on the floor of a rascally change-house. —

    Old Mortality

  • Popinjay for the remainder of the day, and was usually escorted in triumph to the most reputable change-house in the neighbourhood, where the evening was closed with conviviality, conducted under his auspices, and, if he was able to sustain it, at his expense.

    Old Mortality

  • He returned to Paisley and resumed the loom, at the same time adding to his finances by keeping a small change-house, and taking part as an instrumental musician at the local concerts.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II. The Songs of Scotland of the past half century

  • He latterly opened a change-house in Paisley, and his circumstances became considerably prosperous.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II. The Songs of Scotland of the past half century

  • More than once in fierce or drunken escapades they came into the place in their _mogans_ at night, quiet as ghosts, mischievous as the winds, and set fire to wooden booths, or shot in wantonness at any mischancy unkilted citizen late returning from the change-house.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn


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