23 Horsefair Lane Odell
23 Horsefair Lane May 2008
Like most of Odell 23 Horsefair Lane formed part of the Odell Castle Estate until its sale in 1934. This means that evidence of the property's history from deeds before that date does not exist as there had been no need for them. It was listed by the former Department of Environment as 13 and 15 Horsefair Lane. It was described as 18th century, it is constructed, like most of the older properties in the area, of coursed limestone rubble, although it also has some brick; the roof is thatched. It is built on a two room plan and comprises one storey and attics. A modern extension lies behind.
In 1927 Odell was valued under the terms of the Rating and Valuation Act 1925; every piece of land and building in the country was assessed to determine the rates to be paid on it. The valuer visiting 23 Horsefair Lane noted [DV1/C166/33] that it was occupied by R.W.Gainsford at £10 per annum rent, he was a "new tenant". The cottage comprised a living room and kitchen downstairs with two bedrooms above. The valuer remarked: "wireless" "fair garden" "used as weekend cottage" and, confusingly, "very poor" as well a "fair"!
The Odell Castle Estate was put up for sale in 1934 and the sale catalogue [AD1147/19] described 23 Horsefair Lane, Lot 24, as being two bedrooms and two living rooms, standing in 17 poles. It was now rented to P.Gainsford at £10 per annum.