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Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage 1895

Like one or two other houses in the village, this cottage, the centre portion of which dates back to the early 17th century, has seen a variety of uses. For much of the current century, this cottage, at one time thatched, was in the hands of the Bush family, and it was then the farmhouse for the farm now owned by Mr Clarke. After acting as a Post Office at the beginning of the century, this usage was discontinued, but Mr Bush still maintained the newspaper selling side of the business, and was a well known figure delivering papers on a tricycle. The thatch caught fire in the 1920's and was replaced by the current slate roof.

Mr Bunce, who lived in the adjacent cottage for virtually 50 years, recalled that Grandfather Bush, because of his early morning rise, used to go to bed at 6 o’clock with his grandchildren and together in bed every night they sang missionary songs such as “What a friend I have in Jesus”, and “I am H-A-P-P-Y”. The sound of this singing floating out of the bedroom window used to be much enjoyed by Mr & Mrs Bunce as they worked in their garden in the evening.

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