Thatched Cottages in c.1920

Most of the old buildings in the village would have been thatched at some time, but sadly (from a visual point of view) many were already tiled by the beginning of the 20th century. The evidence of thatch was still there in 1988 in the attic of my house, a thick layer of dreadful dirt which tended to filter down through the rest of the house - the house was tiled before the 20s. Thatch is expensive, and must be renewed every 30 years or so.

George Russell told Jean Folkard what he remembered of the thatched buildings in his childhood, around 1920, and the families that lived in them...

Bunkers Hill2 cottages - fell downKing, Howe pic
School Roadnow Church Hill cottageScase, Holden pic
School Roadnext to Old School, demolishedFuller, Scase pic
School Roadnow Willow House, tiledWarren pic
Hawk End LaneLinden Cottage & Old Manor House, now tiledGould, Farrow pic
Hawk End LaneHawk End CottageElliston pic
Hawk End Lanedemolished in 90sFarrow, Armstrong .
Station Roadbetween PO and Grange, now demolished. .
Station RoadWalnut Tree Cottage, now tiledCross pic
Ashfield RoadRose CottageNunn pic
Ashfield Road2 others demolished [NB Blackbourn House and Homefield]
to make way for Nunn's works
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Ashfield RoadWillow FarmGeorge pic
Ashfield RoadMulberry Farm (was Green Farm). pic
Ashfield RoadOak Farm, now tiledBorley pic
Ashfield RoadDagwood Farm. pic
Grove Lanestill there. pic