Your House and Mine


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

[ See also the previous two pages "Spurgrove Cottage and "Gable End" ]

Willems, Frieth, 1981 - From Joan Barksfield's collection

Willems would seem to have been the original farmhouse. After the Upp family died out in the 18th C this cottage changed hands several times.

[ On the Tithe Map of 1845 the piece of land No 887 described as "House and Garden" is shown as being owned by Mary Smith and occupied by Anthony Todd although the outline of the indicated building looks like Willems and GableEnd.  You can find the Tithe Map under "Hambleden" on the menu bar above ]

Finally it was bought by West & Collier and the lower end rebuilt. [ The firm of West & Collier was established in 1869 and ceased trading in 1940 ]

[ The following was sent to me by Peter Janes in December 2012. Peter's grandfather William Janes "was born at Perrin Springs and lived at Willems from 1895 to 1935 when the family moved to a newly built modern house at Booker, the purchase price of £600 paid by my grandmother, a thrifty old peasant, from monies earned, she said, from picking flints with her children in fields about Frieth. Her father was landlord of the 'Kiln' or 'Brickmakers Arms' at Moor Common. As a girl, before marriage, she daily walked to and from North's furniture factory in West Wycombe by way of Wittington Clump, Hell Bottom and Toweridge, in the dark in winter."

Above: Emily Janes at her cottage door in the 1920s

Left: William and Emily Janes in the garden, 1920s

Albert Janes (born 1902) clearing the snow from Spurgrove Lane in the winter of 1928/29

Snow several feet deep in the road below Willems

Charles Percy and Albert Janes (son of William & Emily) with Billy Higgins? and Arthur Lever behind. Black & white photos by Peter Janes's father Stanley Janes ]

Willems, Frieth 1995, From Joan Barksfield's collection

[ After 1935 ] Mr & Mrs William Somers became tenants and used it first as a weekend cottage and then retired into it.

After Mrs Somers died the cottage was sold and has been altered extensively.

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