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28 The Village March 2008
28 The Village March 2008

28 The Village is a charming old thatched cottage, one of a number in the village. It was listed by the former Department of Environment in October 1970 as Grade II, of special interest. The cottage dates from the early 19th century and so owes its appearance to the Ongley family rather than the Shuttleworths. However, the listing comments: "probably reworking an earlier building".

The cottage is a timber-framed construction with colourwashed roughcast render to the exterior. It comprises one storey and attics.

The Rating and Valuation Act 1925 specified that every building and piece of land in the country was to be assessed to determine its rateable value. The valuer visiting 28 The Village [DV1/C34/61-62] found it was then two properties numbered 28 (to the west) and 29 (to east) the village.

Number 28 was occupied Mrs. Clayton who had paid rent of £3/14/- per annum from 1921. Number 29 was occupied by the Shuttleworth Estate as a workshop. Mrs. Clayton inhabited a living room and two bedrooms, with a barn and earth closet outside. The workshop was "one room of old cottage", the valuer noting "Bedroom goes with 28 The Village".