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Inglenook, Middle Cottage & Sunny Corner

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

Sunny Corner, Frieth, about 1981 - From Joan Barksfield's collection

These three cottages are of Early Victorian construction. They were not there in 1834 but were in existence by 1845. Thomas Corby from Great Marlow was the builder.

Peggy West told me  the story of how as small children, circa 1924, she and her sister were taught to make pillow lace by an elderly lady, Mrs Poole, who lived in Inglenook. When they got the pattern wrong and the bobbins all mixed up Mrs Poole would say "I'll 'ave to get that there ole catstick to yer" but she never did!

However they were  not allowed to take their pillows home until they had mastered the pattern. Peggy has been a lacemaker all her life and has taught the craft to a number of girls. [ Peggy passed away in 2006 ]

Toby Poole lived with his brother Harry and sister-in-law in Inglenook, both men worked at the firm of West and Collier. Harry shaped the elm chair seats with adze and smoothing shaves and Toby was the polisher. His favourite weather was bright and windy - 'summerwind' as he called it, because he could stand the chairs outside to dry. Toby's nickname was 'Click' Poole because he never stopped talking!

There are other accounts of lacemaking and chairmaking in both "Frieth a Chiltern Village" and the large looseleaf book "A History of Frieth"

Fred Bond and his wife were still living in Sunny Corner in 1949, he was another old Frieth character.

When teaching at Frieth School I remember these incidents. At that time the School only owned the ground it stood upon and a very small area of playground in front of and at the rear of the School. The children had to play and do P.E. on the patch of Village Green in front of the School. Mr Bond used to remind us that this was common ground by walking straight across the play area with his garden fork over his shoulder, regardless of the children, to get to his allotment. (The allotments were where the School playing field is now and the entrance to them was via the path between the school fence and the Village Hall fence)

Ted Collier from Moor's End did the same thing as Mr Bond but in a more amusing way. If he was walking up the Green when a P.E. Lesson was in progress he would stop amongst the class and join in with the exercises to the delight of the children, who liked him, and the complete disruption of the class!

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