15 Rotten Row Riseley
15 Rotten Row April 2015
15 Rotten Row was listed by the former Department of Environment in June 1974 as Grade II, of special interest. The cottage dates from the 18th century and is built of colour-washed roughcast over a timber frame with a thatched roof. 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 vauer visiting the cottage [DV1/C215/51-53] found it owed by A Robins of Sharnbrook and divided into three separate homes. The portion of the cottage on the road was tenanted by H Smith for £5/10/- per annum and contained a living room, a kitchen and two bedrooms. A brick and tiled barn stood outside and the valuer commented: "Poor type and damp".
The centre of the building was in occupation of H A Wadsworth whose rent was £4 per annum. Accommodation comprised a living room and a bedroom, Again a barn stood outside. The valuer commented: "Very small. High rent". The rear was occupied by Joseph Room who paid £5 per annum for a living room, a kitchen and two bedrooms as well las a barn. The valuer commented: "Rooms very small. High rent".