• Ochiltree St Hilary

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Postcard of Ochiltree, a house that is situated in the centre of the village at the start of the lane that leads to St Hilary Down. It was was previously called Wendy Cottage.

A letter sent to the Western Mail dated 26 September (no year given) reads as follows:
Dear Sir
Your prospective purchasers will no doubt like to know the history of Wendy Cottage as I know it. My parents bought the derelict little place for their retirement. My father wanted to do the renovation himself. He was able to get stones from demolished old buildings and a beautiful over mantle which he incorporated into the inglenook. The cottage was half its present size, but he was able to enlarge the lounge into a window at the front with a balcony over.
They thought Wendy Cottage was home for them so they brought the name of their house in Ogmore by Sea with them when they moved. That house was indeed built for a family who came from Ochiltree in Scotland. The very shallow roof had been thatched until 1927 when the then owners had a grant to replace it. In my parents time the house was about half the frontage. It was most interesting to see your picture of the dear old place and I would wish any new owner to enjoy it as my family did. I hope this isn’t too boring
Yours sincerely
Diane Cawson, Halstead, Essex

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