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 it’s large tiled roof, it was known originally and unsurprisingly as Chestnut Cottage. In those days it was thatched but it was replaced with tiles sometime mid-century.
In 2010 it was saved from demolition when plans to build a new property in its place were dropped and by 2011 it was undergoing a major restoration. This was done very sympathetically with a new front facing front door and a 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. Up until 2011 a modern bungalow, no. 17, occupied the space. Over the following years a metamorphosis took place when the bungalow was transformed into a house. This was done in two halves as can be seen in the attached photos.
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.