Our cottage and probably all the four or five in the same group originally belonged
to Sadborow Settled Estates prior to 1923. When we bought our cottage in 1937 we
were advised we were entitled to a 30-
Before 1935 it was lived in by a Mrs Potter, whose husband came from a farming family. She died in the cottage which was inherited by her daughter, Mrs Sibley wife of the thatcher of Saddle Street.
About 1935 it was sold to McIlwain, a developer In a small way who made some small
alterations, such as false ceilings over the old oak beams, new internal Joists,
and a small south window in the parlour, which was the handiwork of Ernie Henson,
from next door. Mcllwain sold the cottage to a woman relative of Monica Browning
(late of Upper Synderford Farm), who kept dogs there. Later she sold to a family
from Australia who were only there a short time, and from whom we bought -
The local builder, Mr Hickford, reinforced the upstairs bedroom walls for soundproofing.
There were three small rooms up a very narrow winding stair, and the thatch was repaired
by Sibley in the first few years. In 1948 the kitchen floor was dug out and lowered
by 4 inches and tiled. New windows were drawn upstairs to the south-
Of course improvements like snowcemming and wire-
Services used to be three, then two, then no pubs on the village; two bakers, and a general store. A bus service ran from Winsham to Lyme Regis once a week, picking up at the Squirrel, I think; and there was a return service in the evening. The village also ran a bus for shopping to Bridpont and Chard once a week. There was a butcher in Winsham. A van with fish and vegetables called once a week from Crewkerne, also a salesman with brushes and kitchen gadgets several times a year. And of course, the Warrens sold milk into our own tin can first from their farm at Glebe Farm (now Glebe Cottage). At one time I bought farm butter at Southcombe, and nearly all farms sold vegetables from time to time. We could manage quite well without a car, walking field paths from Chard Station.
First published in TVT News, February 1991. Reproduced by kind permission of Hugh Firth