Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Squatters' Cottage

It was a very tricky Name That Shed last week, but the answer was Squatters' Cottage up for sale with agents John Goodwin. For obvious reasons, most squatters cottages (built on common land) have not survived but this one dates back at least to 1814 when it appears on an enclosure map. It's a timber frame with thatched roof (with corrugated iron on top) and wattle and daub panels. According to Goodwins, it has been in the ownership of the current family for a century and is said to have been won in a bet. They go on to say:
"The property has lain almost undiscovered for decades and is hidden away in a lightly wooded area of approximately 1 ¼ Acres in a secluded yet convenient location only two miles north of Ledbury on the edge of the village of Wellington Heath. The property is a Grade II listed building and planning permission was refused in November 2005 in response to a comprehensive redevelopment scheme. Further discussions held with the Planning Officer for Herefordshire Council have resulted in an indication of support based on a very contemporary proposal prepared by architects Stainburn Taylor of Ledbury."
The proposal is pictured below. Guide price £125,000.----------------------------------------------------------------------------
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1 comment:

  1. That looks really old, and I wonder how they were able to keep the cottage on its foot.