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The Tudor Cottage on Northbrook

March 14, 2013

As Frank Sinatra said, ‘regrets, I’ve had a few’. And it is regrettable that this little cottage failed to survive. Mind you, you won’t think that if you live in the decent modern house that now occupies the same plot. Many people, however, feel it a great shame that this cottage was consigned to oblivion as recently as 1984.

Tudor cottage on Northbrook, Market Lavington. For many years this was the home of Tommy Burden

Tudor cottage on Northbrook, Market Lavington. For many years this was the home of Tommy Burden

The cottage, which stood close by the bridge where the road called Northbrook crosses the stream, does look very attractive – an idyllic reminder of past times.

This idyllic cottage was demolished in 1984

This idyllic cottage was demolished in 1984

It is possible to imagine this cottage as the home of Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma. No wonder some locals called it the witch’s cottage or the Noddy House.

One suspects it was originally thatched. It has that steeply pitched roof that indicates this, as well as an absence of guttering.

Having quoted Frank Sinatra, I’ll mention another hit of the 60s – ‘Out of Time’ by Chris Farlowe. For, I suppose this cottage just ran out of the right kind of time.

It was small, and suited to be a bachelor pad or maybe a nest for newlyweds. But these became the people who didn’t have time or inclination for a high maintenance house and garden. Nobody actually wanted to live there and take on the responsibility for the place. It stood empty for some years before demolition.

Our museum founder, Peggy Gye, was always of the opinion that time couldn’t stand still and that our village must develop. She would also have put any regrets behind her.

The cottage has gone and we can’t bring it back. The replacement house is suited to modern living and the village has moved on.

But at the museum we have preserved the heritage of both Market Lavington and Easterton, at least in photos. And that, of course, includes photos and memories of this cottage which for many years was the home of Tommy Burden.

The Tudor Cottage by the Northbrook

December 17, 2010

The Tudor Cottage at Northbrook in 1984 - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

Just how can one explain the fact that this delightful cottage was knocked down in the mid 1980s. Surely vandalism of this kind was something that happened in the brave new world of the 1960s. But sadly it was the fate of this little structure to be bulldozed into nothingness.

Our curator recalls that as he walked to work one morning he noted a JCB parked by the cottage – which had been empty for some time. When he returned in the evening, the cottage was no more. But he also goes on to say that the cottage was fairly derelict, had no proper foundations and offered little scope to make it a home suited for people to live in during those last years of the twentieth century.

The house looks to have had a very steeply pitched roof. So probably, in its day, it was thatched but it still looked good under its newer cover of flat pantiles, a year before it vanished.

This cottage was situated by the Northbrook dipping well. That still exists, being a part of the land surrounding the modern house which replaced the old Tudor one.

Some locals referred to the old house as ‘The Noddy House’. The footpath alongside the stream is still called, by some, The Noddy Path. Presumably such names date from after the time of Enid Blyton.

We think the photo below is of 1950s vintage. It shows the Tudor Cottage in its setting. The terrace on the right still exists but the cottage in front of the old Tudor one was demolished by 1976.

The Tudor cottage in its Northbrook setting in the 1950s

The Tudor cottage behind another long-gone cottage on Northbrook, Market Lavington

An enlargement makes it clear that the old cottage was under a tiled roof, back in the 50s..