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Lower Street Cottages

Lower Steet CottagesThere are a number of cottages on Lower Street but this page is concerned with the groups of cottages between Chew Hill and Kingshill which are shown in the picture on the right provided by Pat and Dave Hellard. Some of the cottages shown still stand but a single cottage was on the site in 1740 when the Widow Blackman lived there.
Lower Street CottagesThe site of the cottages shown in the photograph is marked by a red spot in the 1794 map   but the photograph suggests they were built after that date. The site of the blue spot is now occupied by modern houses. The two buildings next to it was a cottage and stables but have been demolished and replaced with Woodside.  The green spots identify land that was also owned by the Kingsmills according to the 1839 tithe map but is now occupied by the Social Club and Copper Beeches. The Old Rectotory  site can just bee seen.
Widow Blackman, probably Elizabeth the wife of John Blackman, was the tenant in 1740 when there was one cottage on the site that was described as ‘next to Huishes’. Susanna Huish was listed as a leaseholder but she probably died in 1740. Elizabeth Blackman also held a share of a cottage on Kingshill in the name of Betty and Joan her daughters. Charles York held the other share of the Kingshill cottage.
William York, a 20 year old carpenter, took the lease in 1746. He may have exaggerated his age to take on the lease but he had a  15 year old brother called Anthony and an 18 year old sister called Mary.
The cottages were lot 13 in the 1848 sale  and was described as houses, garden and orchard occupied by John Ball and Jesse Payne. The rest of the cottages were owned by the Waldegraves.
 There was alt least one cottage between Blackmans  (Waldegrave House) and Ford that was still occupied in 1839.
 Lower Street Cottages siteA cottage occupied by William Gould can be seen o the opposite side of the road but almost nothing of the cottage remains today as can be seen in the photograph on the left. Only wildflowers, nettle and brambles mark the spot of where William Gould lived. The site of where Widow Blackman and other people lived is now a parking space.
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