? Cottage in Street End, Blagdon

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  1. 1 Ian Mears November 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    This is now my house, Puzzle Cottage which adjoins Rhody Cottage (part of which is the lean to), up on Rhodyate, opposite the new cottages (houses) as you go up the hill and down the side of Lantern Cottage. The photo was taken before both properties had extensive works and alterations carried out.

    I believe the original cottage was built around 1760 and was built as a “sundowner”, hence between sunrise and sunset some form of walls and a roof had to be built and a fire lit for it to be claimed as a home, perhaps someone can confirm this for me please.

    I don’t know if it was called Puzzle when this photo was taken, but i have been told that it was named after Ernie (don’t know surname) who lived there with his mother and apparently he could mend or fix anything, but nobody in the village actually knew what he did for a living, hence if it needed fixing you were told to take it up to see Puzzle!

    The low chimney on the lefthandside has been demolished (as has the parapet wall on Rhody), but I believe this may have been part of the coal fired clothes washing tub!

  2. 2 HUGH CROCKETT November 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    ERNIE WAS ERNIE WILLIAMS, HE WAS A BUILDER WITH HIS FATHER, THEY USED TO TRAVEL AROUND ON A MOTORBIKE AND SIDECAR, I REMEMBER IT QUITE WELL BECAUSE ERNIES DAD HAD A FALSE LEG WHICH WAS NOT ARTICULATED AT THE KNEE SO HE SAT IN THE SIDECAR WITH HIS LEG STUCK OUT IN FRONT OF HIM. MY WIFE REMEMBERS Mr WILLIAMS BECAUSE HE WAS A BELLRINGER AND WHILE RINGING WITH HIM AT BURRINTON CHURCH HE COLLAPSED AND DIED.


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