Your House and Mine

The Cottage

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

The Cottage is another of Frieth's very old properties. The date carved in the fireplace "1574" is a 20th Century addition and may not be correct. The Cottage was two semi-detached units until about thirty years ago [ i.e. about 1971 ]. The one faced with Tudor style herringbone brickwork had some interior walls of wattle and daub construction. The other cottage is a much later addition.

[ A recent report on The Cottage (which itself references this page) confirms that the oak lintel over the fireplace is 20th Century. But the question remains: why was 1574 carved there? Was the lintel a replacement for an older one which carried that date? The report does confirm that the wood framed part of the cottage is "16th Century or older" ]

In "Frieth a Chiltern Village" there is a photo of an elderly lady named Mrs Martin, a lacemaker who lived in one of these two cottages circa 1900.

An amusing dialectual misinterpretation comes from 1930 when a Mrs Entwistle came from "Up North" to live in one of these cottages on being appointed to teach at Frieth School. Soon after moving in Mr Entwistle was walking down the road when he met a local man who asked his name. "Entwistle" he replied. The Friethian looked puzzled and asked "Well, why shun't it be Whistle?"

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