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Apple Tree Cottage & Old Well 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
AppleTree and Old Well Cottages - Image from Joan Barksfield's collection

These cottages are between Creighton Cottage and the road and are of a later date.

The Cottage

The Cottage on the opposite side of the footpath is the last of this group of cottages.

At the rear of this cottage was a communal water tank put there through the efforts of Rev. Ridley Rector of Hambleden to get clean water for this group of surrounding cottages.

This well is now in the garden of The Cottage after a dispute as to the ownership of this small plot of land previously used communally e.g. for drying washing and children playing.

Two snippets of interest about tenants of this cottage survive from the late 19th C :

There was once a lace/dame school in this cottage too.  One night a thief entered, cut all the lace off the pillows and stole it, then threw the school bell into the hedge opposite.

In 1890 an old lady named Mary Austin lived here, she kept bees and when friends called she would say "Come ye in and tak' a glass of Nathalum" her way of pronouncing metheglin - a wine brewed from honey.

This group of small cottages from Sunset to The Cottage comprised Little Frieth, built on land belonging to Friethe/Cutlers/Colliers Farm and owned by the Lords of the Manor of Hambleden. They are not all of the same age and some were sold off at different times.  If you live here now your house deeds may tell you more.

Little Frieth is named on Jeffreys map of 1770 as a group of cottages, which ones were there then ?

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