Then & Now

High Street / Castle Hill Cottage – Then & Now

High St Thatched Cottage
Cottage at the junction of Malthouse Lane, with High Street in the distance and Castle Hill behind the camera

A timber framed cottage at the junction of Malthouse Lane, with High Street in the distance and Castle Hill behind the camera.

As Rob Steward explains in Kenilworth History 2001 – 2002, this cottage is “…probably early 17th century and of ‘cruck’ construction. Cruck construction consists of two purpose-grown curved tree branches cut longways down the middle and then the two halves placed together to form an ‘A’ frame and a cross beam fixed at ground floor ceiling level. Two frames are made, one for each of the gables, with a ridge beam joining the two apexes. They were ‘purpose-grown’ many years before, with future generations in mind, especially for the ribs in shipbuilding. Very often these ‘crucks’ were second-hand from old ships”.

Very little has changed between the 1960s and 2015 scene except the model of car parked beyond the cottage and the appearance of double yellow lines.

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