We lived at number 6 Manor Lane from 1953 until 1958 when they were condemned.
The ceiling height was only about six feet or so, and I can well remember my Father banging his head on more than one occasion on the wooden beam that ran through the downstairs living room,
I am only assuming the hallway and the toilets were built at the same time.
The walls of the three oldest cottages which ran along the Manor Lane boundary were made from wattle-and-daub.
That's why the door looks small compared to the newer cottage on the left-hand side of it, which I think had an eight foot ceiling, judging by the windows. The walls were flush with one and other, and not set back as it appears in the image.
It was definitely out of proportion to the size of the rooms.
The fire place would have been in proportion, if it had once been one or two larger rooms either side of the chimney breast. I do remember that the bedroom window at the end of my parents bed being in the same place as shown in the image, the one below the chimney.
The bed was above the door and the downstairs window.
I do not recall the bricks in the gable-end though.
I think it was painted white and there was a door in it, as shown in the image.
I can remember our next door neighbour Mr Hall, who was a joiner, making a new door for it. I can only imagine that the chimney was in the middle of the original building, so it would have had to have been longer on the left hand side.
This probably would have been the original footprint of the Cotton’s work and poorhouse.
Allan Earl’s research also shows it was still a work and poorhouse in 1740.
There may have been an extension built onto the right-hand end as well, as it seems to me to be one dwelling too short to have been six cottages.
When we lived there the end cottage that was on right-hand side also had an unattached brick wash-house with a big copper open topped coal fired boiler in it.
Can anyone else add anything to the above information?
UPDATE (10th October 2017):
Peter Atkin writes:
The old house in the story is actually the original Pear Tree Cottage in St Ann's Road, which belonged to my great grandfather Tom Turney. Here is a better copy from my family archive.
|Pear Tree Cottage|
First published in the Middlewich Heritage Society Newsletter
UPDATE (2nd October 2017)
|Illustration: Ann Birtwisle-Brown|
Revised and re-published 2nd October 2017
Updated 10th October 2017