The 1910 Finance Act Map Plot 98 shows the extent of the land belonging to what was then known as Hawthorn Cottage; in the 1970s (tbc), 3 modern detached houses were built in the grounds of the cottage – one fronting Main Street (Cherry Trees) and two fronting Mill Lane (Mill Rise and Sa Mylna); it is believed that each plot sold for about £500 each.
Carneal Cottage (known at the time as The Butty), was bought by the Smith family from Mr and Mrs Tizzard in 1979. Before this it had been a smallholding run by the Kerry family:
“I have added a few extra photos* – which raise the obvious question: ‘What on Earth were we thinking of when we bought this place?’ It was in a truly desperate condition. We were clearly looking at a country cottage through rose tinted glasses!
Basically, apart from a mid landing window, there was only one window looking out over the rear garden. There was a tumbledown glass lean to extending across the rear. The Mill Lane boundary had a shed and an outside toilet. The garden comprised a semi derelict stable/chicken slaughterhouse and some rough ground. There was no felt lining under the pantiles – and snow simply came straight through. There was no working central heating system. There was no flooring under the stairs – just bare mud, effectively. The list goes on and on …”
(Mike Smith; Aug 2020)
The photographs* also show a large stone, painted white, on the boundary of the cottage and on the corner of Mill Lane; it is thought that this was a glacial boulder similar to the stone by the Chapel on the Bridegate Lane junction. So far, no one can remember when it was moved or where it went to.