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Cutlers Cottage

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Cutlers Cottage, Frieth, 1981 - From Joan Barksfield's collection

These two cottages were built by/for John Turner in 1853, since when they have had numerous owners and tenants.

In 1947 my husband and I owned these two cottages and sold them again about ten years later to an elderly farmer. This transaction proved to be a reminder of a long gone age when land transfer was sealed by both parties standing on the plot and shaking hands on the agreed deal in the presence of two witnesses.

In this case too my husband and the farmer having agreed a price stood in the garden of Yew Tree cottage and shook hands on the deal - no need of Estate Agents, only the trust of two honest men!

The following evening the farmer came to our door carrying a ferret bag. Having exchanged the usual courtesies he said "'Av yer got  a bit of newspaper missus?" I dutifully spread out the Bucks Free Press on the hearthrug whereupon he upended the ferret bag upon it and out cascaded the exact amount agreed upon in One Pound notes all neatly folded in four and reeking of stale milk!

When my husband suggested to him that we "Ought to have a bit of paper about it" he agreed to use a Marlow solicitor to sort out the deeds, but declined to have a solicitor of his own for he said "It u'd be a pity to pay twice"!

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