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Description: Four Wents Cottage
Date Listed: 22 June 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 169822
OS Grid Reference: TQ7659032775
OS Grid Coordinates: 576590, 132775
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0671, 0.5190
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To any one who it may interest, I was brought up in this house from the age of 2 years until 12 years.It will all ways be the place i call home..I did my climbing through the porch open windows and love my room.I recall when young,My parents do some decorating and as they remove wall paper they found a door..I was very young and don't recall them going through it,but it has always held my imagination as to what was behind that covered door.As i grow up with stories of the house being used by smugglers and the fact it was at one time an inn.I even thought of lost treasure.My family and i lived on the side which we called two old cottages,This is the side that had the very large open fire,and many winter nights i recall sitting as close to the fire as possible,because with such a huge chimney most of the heat just went up and out.
The fire place was so big i can still now see my Dad bring in the logs that at time where 3 foot long and as round as half a pig..
At the top of the stairs they was a open type gallery,This was where my brother John slept,He was left home quite early on in my time there as he was 16 years older then myself.
The bedroom at the top of stairs was my other brothers room,the room with the attic entrance,which my brother assured was where the boogeyman lived,Which meant i could never walk under it,but run like mad.
On the landing was my parents room,large and cold at all times.I had to go through mums room to get to mine,between the two rooms was a very small room,in our day it held the airing cupboard.Oh dear i have gone on a bit,but i still have so many wonderful memories of this as out family home,And now at 49,i still wish i was back home.I some time feel i should knock and ask if i could just have one last look to see how much the old girl has changed but sadly i have never been brave enough...thanks for reading.. Kimmy.xx
kim philpin,nee' Cornwall, 29 June 2010
My Mum was lucky enough to live here as a child. She was visiting the area a few years ago and wanted to take a photo so knocked on the door to ask permission. The owner of the house said that was okay and would she like to come in after the photos and have a look around. Mum said although it had changed over the years, it was like "coming home".
Linda, 20 November 2011
Just completed a family tree and it transpires that a relation lived at No. 2 in 1841 until 1870!!!
Linda Knight, 4 January 2017