Cottage; Grib Lane, Blagdon

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  1. 1 olga Shotton September 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    This cottage belonged to Mr and Mrs Alfred Panes. Only the left hand part is original. Where the large roof on the right hand side now is there was a lean-to wash house, and behind it an earth closet, which Uncle Alf used to dig out periodically, and spread the result on his vegetable garden in front of the house. He grew huge onions and other splendid vegetables!
    Mrs Panes, my Aunt Ethel, was a dear soul, kind and gentle. She was my mother’s sister. The couple had no children of their own, but the nieces were always welcome.
    There was no water laid on, what was needed was collected in a white enamel jug from the hydrant near the gate. Washing was done in rainwater. There was electric light downstairs only, and no power points. Cooking was done on a large oil stove with two burners.
    At night one ascended a wooden spiral stair which was next to the wide fireplace with one’s candle.


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