Hollyhocks - 162 High Street Riseley
Hollyhocks - 162 High Street April 2015
Hollyhocks 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 and brick with a thatched roof. It comprises two storeys but has a single storey and attics extension at the south-east gable end
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 the cottage [DV1/C217/70-71 found that it was owned by Lord Saint John of Bletsoe and divided into two. The portion closer to the road was occupied by F Griffiths whose rent was £2/12/- per annum. The real portion was in occupation of J Wise who paid rent of £3 per annum. Both tenants had a kitchen and a bedroom with a plaster and thatched barn outside
In 2008 the cottage was for sale. The particulars [Z449/2/29] list, on the ground floor: an entrance; a lounge measuring 14 feet 1 inch by 12 feet 5 inches; a study/family room measuring 12 feet 3 inches by 12 feet 2 inches; a dining room measuring 11 feet 3 inches by 10 feet 4 inches; a kitchen measuring 10 feet 11 inches by 7 feet 9 inches and a utility room measuring 8 feet by 3 feet 11 inches. Upstairs was a landing, three bedrooms, a shower room and a bathroom.