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Sycamore Cottage - 62 High Street Thurleigh

62 High Street - Sycamore Cottage January 2015
62 High Street - Sycamore Cottage January 2015

62 High Street was listed by English Heritage in August 1983. The cottage dates from the 18th century. It is timber-framed and rendered in colour washed roughcast. The property comprises one storey and attics beneath a thatched roof. The original cottage would have had two rooms downstairs, a third later being added towards the road. The porch is 20th century.

The Rating and Valuation Act 1925 legislated for every building and piece of land in the country to be assessed to determine its rateable value. Thurleigh, like most of the county was assessed in 1927. The valuer visiting this cottage [DV1/C73/104] found that it was owned and occupied by E. Asplin and that it stood in just over one rood of ground.

The cottage comprised two parlours, a living room, a washhouse and a scullery with three bedrooms in the attics. The owner was: "Not at home". The site also had farm buildings comprising a two bay hovel, two loose boxes, a trap house, a granary, a barn and a hovel and Asplin also owned an adjoining grass field of just over three roods and so, presumably, ran a smallholding.