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Scuttle Cottage Chawston

Scuttle Cottage March 2010
Scuttle Cottage March 2010

Scuttle Cottage is one of four thatched cottages in Nags Head Lane, a small oasis of quiet off the busy A1. The cottage was listed by English Heritage in August 1983 as Grade II, of special interest. They dated the cottage to about 1700. It is of timber-framed construction, with some colourwashed brick infill and some colourwashed plaster incised to imitate ashlar. The cottage has a three-bay plan, with one storey and attics. 20th century one storey additions stand to west and north.

The Rating and Valuation Act 1925 specified that every building and piece of land in the country was to be assessed as to its rateable value. Chawston was assessed in 1927. The valuer visiting Scuttle Cottage [DV1/C197/135] found it owned by J. R. Odell, who lived at Field Cottage, and occupied by J. Lee at a rent of £8 per annum.

The cottage comprised a living room, kitchen and scullery downstairs with three bedrooms above. Weather-boarded and felt fowl houses and a weather-boarded and tiled barn stood outside.