A Walk Along Chiswick End, Page 2
Continuing our walk up Chiswick End a few years ago you could be forgiven for missing No 15. This tiny, one bedroomed cottage nestling under a huge Horse Chestnut tree was used as a holiday cottage until 2011. Just the width of the plot and squatting under its large tiled roof, it was known originally as Chestnut Cottage. In those days it was thatched but it was replaced with tiles sometime mid-century. In the last couple of years it was saved from demolition when plans to build a new property in its place were dropped and it is now undergoing restoration. This is being done very sympathetically with a new front facing front door and large extension to the rear. The pargetting under the eaves is an especially nice touch.
At the turn of the last century there was an orchard next to Chestnut Cottage belonging to John Payne of Melbourn. Now there is a modern bungalow, no. 17, occupying the space. I say bungalow, it is currently undergoing a metamorphosis into a house and will look very different from this photograph before 2012 is out.
Walking on we find a large detached house hiding behind its garden of trees and shrubs. Back in 1976 we would have seen a very different sight. A sad, neglected series of two thatched cottages, looking abandoned and ripe for demolition. Also owned by John Payne, someone took pity on them and transformed them into a handsome detached property.