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Victorian Walk

Gorse Cottage

Next door to Heath End is Gorse Cottage. In Queen Victoria’s reign it was on the left hand side of the yard in front of the Traveller’s Friend, as you can see in the previous photograph. It was built around 1690 so was already 150 years old when Victoria became Queen. It is a good, well-preserved example of a 2 up and 2 down 17th century house. It had no running water or bathroom, until it was extended and modernised 40 years after Victoria had died. Compare it with the right side of the old Vicarage.

The Haven

Next we come to The Haven which was originally a small 2 up and 2 down cottage built in the 1850’s, and became the Blacksmith’s.

The blacksmith lived here for much of Queen Victoria’s reign.

A blacksmith was an essential member of the community.

Farmers had several horses, the richer people had carriages drawn by horses, and some people rode horses. All horses had to be shod.

Metal items such as ploughs and hinges could be repaired by the blacksmith. Maybe he made the church door hinges

The house was sold and extended after the death of Victoria

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Terry Trayton

What a wonderful idea this project is. It involves children in a practical way by getting them involved in their local history. I can see a huge amount of research has gone into this and I have learned a lot from it. I am not a local person myself but I often visit Chipperfield and, with a friend, I take country walks in the area. I purchased my present vehicle from a local garage and often buy bedding plants from a local nursery so I suppose I can claim some connection with the village. I congratulate all the young pupils involved in this project and wish them a very successful future. Well done!!

July 11, 2011

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