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Hillside View

Map of Frieth
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
   West's Cottages
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

Copyright (c) Bill Barksfield 2009
Hillside View in 2009

In 1911 James Barksfield had this new house built in Hatch Field, lived there with his wife and family and carried on the shoe-making business in a single storey building by the side, now called Hillside Lodge.

From Joan Barksfield's collection
Hillside Lodge in 1982

As transport became easier and buses started services to local towns people bought factory made shoes and the cordwainer's business declined. However there was still a sale for hand made shoes for those who could afford them. The last hand crafted shoes made in Frieth were surgical shoes - in demand after World War 2.

[ In about 1933 the property was sold to Ernest Fielder.

Roger Druce, now living at Mallards further up the hill, writes to tell me that they bought Hillside view in 1947 from the estate of the late Ernest Fielder who was a London tea importer.   His brother Charles lived at Down The Lane.  The brothers both had revolving chalets in their garden - one brown and one green - the green one is still at Hillside View.  His housekeeper lived at Hilliers (just across the road). The gardener, Basil Barlow, lived at The Old Cottage (now Birches)

From the Collier family tree I see that Ernest and Charles' father was James Fielder who lived in Limehouse and is thought to have owned a fleet of Thames barges. James married in 1859, as his second wife, Elizabeth Collier (1828 - ?). Her father William Collier (1790 - c1854) was a surgeon and apothecary of Hemel Hempstead and Stokenchurch. He was found guilty of fraud in 1834 and transported to Tasmania. Pardoned in 1845/6 to practice as a surgeon but in Australia and New Zealand only. He died about 1854, possibly in Launceston, Tasmania.

Miss Hirst bought Hillside view in 1962, an elderly lady who (although living next door) we hardly ever saw.  But we did hear her whenever she got her Austin A35 from the garage - revving the engine hard whilst backing out.

John Sandeman, the present occupant, writes :

Somewhere I have a copy of the bill for the building of Hillside View the sum was £600-12s -3d. I believe this was an early Lovell house being one of the first with cavity construction, the bricks used were local Cadmore End Reds! The initials E.B. and L.B. are carved into two bricks at the side of the house. The cottage is entirely different being built with 9” solid walls. ]

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