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Merrydown Cottage

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Moor End
   Merrydown Cottage
   Corner Cottage
   Moor's End Cottages
   Moor Gate House
   The Copse
Fingest Road
   The Forge
   Folly Cottages
   The Willows
Perrin Springs Lane
   Perrin Springs
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Ellery Rise
   Lynden Cottage
Frieth Hill
   Hillside Cottage
   Pear Tree Cottage
   Hillside View
   The Platt
   Little Barlows
   Cutlers Cottage
   Yew Tree Cottage
   Little Cottage
   Birch Cottage
   Tedders / Rose Cottage
   The Old Stores
   The Yew Tree Inn
   Fairfield House
   Flint Cottage 1
   Flint Cottage 2
   Middle Cottage
   Sunny Corner
   The Gables
   The Orchards
   The Old Parsonage
   White Gates
   The Laurels
   The Cottage
   The Firm
   The Niche
   The Ranch House
   Sara's Cottage
   The Cherries
   The Old School House
Innings Road
   Collier's Farm
   Innings Gate
   Down the Lane
   Sunset Cottage
   Rowan Cottage
   Creighton Cottage
   Apple Tree
   Old Well Cottage
   The Cottage
   Flat Roof
   Red Kites
Spurgrove Lane
   Maidencraft Cottage
   September Cottage
   Spurgrove Cottage
   Gable End
   Elder Barn

Merrydown Cottage, Frieth, 1992 - From Joan Barksfield's collection

Originally Merrydown was two cottages of the "Two Up and Two Down" type and, still, at the beginning of the 20th Century had beaten earth floors.

The picture on the front cover of our book "Frieth a Chiltern Village" shows an elderly lady named "Mrs Brown" sitting in one of these cottages beside a table with a Bible on it.  She used to say the Bible was there "In case parson calls".  Maybe her eyesight was too poor or perhaps she was unable to read.  Many children had no schooling until after 1870 when school attendance was compulsory.

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