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Laurel Cottage

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This is one of Hampsthwaite's listed buildings (Grade II) and it is described thus. . . . . "House. Dated 1764. Pink and brown gritstone, graduated stone slate roof. 2 storeys, 3 bays. Quoins. Central door of 4 fielded and 2 flush panels in chamfered tie-stone surround, plaque above inscribed:

WS
1764

4-pane sash windows in stone surrounds to ground and first floors, the ground-floor window sills cut away to fit deeper frames. A small round-headed window first floor, centre. Bulbous kneelers, gable copings, banded end stacks."

In 1910 the property was surveyed for the purpose of assessing liability to Land Tax. At that time Greenside House (however it was then known) was one property with Laurel Cottage (which it is assumed had no separate name) and the surveyor described it thus…
“House and garden    Gross value £30   Rateable value £22.10s
Occupier:  Samuel Musgrove
Owner:   Mary (?Exley)
House: Stone & blue slated. 2 wood bays grd floor
Old property in fair repair for age. Small flower garden to front
Kitchen garden and lawn to rear
Contains 2 sitting & 1 living rooms. Kitchen, Scullery & Pantry
6 bedrooms 2 small (-?-) Bath & W.C. 1 boxroom
N.B. Since 1909 a portion of house taken off that contains:
1 Sitting & 1 living room & Scullery. 2 bedrooms & 2 smaller.
Rent 4/6d  weekly tenant pays rates
Stable: Brick & blue slated in fair repair contains 2 stall stable
Saddle room Coach House Loft over all
N.B. Since 1909 new Brick & blue slated 1 storey lean-to outshot added at rear & property generally repaired”
It is assumed that the first note (N.B.) above describes Laurel Cottage.
The census for 1911 mentions no “Musgrove”!

In 2009 the building was renovated by the renewal/repair of roof rafters and the stone slates re-installed.

Click here for an account of the adjacent property Greenside House . . . . . and click here for details of some early census returns.

Laurel Cottage

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