Hatherleigh House and cottage, Salt Box or Fern Cottage, Rose Cottage and Devon Cottage
In 1937 this house and the cottages were described as an old fashioned dwelling house, six cottages and out building.
Hatherleigh House was stuccoed and thatched. On the top floor were three attics and on the first floor were three bedrooms. On the ground floor were two reception rooms, an entrance passage, a WC, a kitchen, a scullery, a larder and a wash house. Outside was a flower garden. The cottage had been converted into two cottages each containing one room upstairs and two rooms downstairs.
Salt Box or Fern Cottage was situated in an orchard facing the main road. It was a detached dwelling made of cob and stuccoed with an asbestos roof. There were two rooms down stairs and two rooms up stairs.
Rose Cottage was adjacent to Salt Box or Fern Cottage. It was a detached building that had been converted into two cottages each containing two rooms upstairs and two rooms down stairs.
Devon Cottage, adjoining Hatherleigh House had three bedrooms on the first floor with an attic and boxroom over them. On the ground floor were three sitting rooms, a kitchen, a scullery, a larder and WC. At the rear was a flower garden.
Alphington's Tithe Map records William Crockett as the land lowner and George Roberts as the occupier of Hatherleigh House. In 1841 George Roberts and his family can be found in records as living on the Alphington Road and William Physick, a gardener, and his family living in Rose Cottage.
In 1851 William Physick is simply recorded as living on the Alphington Road and the cottage is not named. Also recorded in these records are a Mr Laskey, a gardener, and his wife and also Henry Ireland, a gardener, and his family.
In 1861 William Physick's cottage is recorded as Rose Cottage. William Passmore, a gardener, and his family are recorded at Salt Box Cottage. Rosepool Cottage is also recorded in the same records and the occupier was given as Benjamin Walbrond, a gardener, and his family.
In 1871 Henry Physick (William's son) and his family are living in Rose Cottage. Henry was recorded as a gardener of 12 acres employing four men and two boys. William Physick, now retired, and his wife are shown to be living in the next door cottage. Benjamin Walbrond, recorded as a market gardener, was continuing to live at Rosepool Cottage.
In 1881 Henry Physick, recorded as a nurseryman employing four men and two boys, and his family were now living in Hatherleigh House. Rose Cottage was recorded as two cottages with Daniel Reed, a market gardener's labourer, and his family living in one cottage and William Small, a gardener's labourer, living in the other cottage.
In 1891 Henry Physick was still in residence at Hatherleigh House and Daniel Reed was still living in Rose Cottage. Fern Cottage was occupied by Samuel Broch and his wife.
In 1911 Alice Physick, Henry's wife, was now recorded as the market gardener assisted by her son Frederick. Devon Cottage and Hatherleigh Cottage were named in the records. Robert Arthur Kay, living on his own means, with his wife and two daughters occupied Devon Cottage. Henry Langston, an asylum attendant lived in Hatherleigh Cottage.
In 1937 the occupant of Devon Cottage was still R. A. Kay Esq. and Hatherleigh House, Rose Cottage, Salt Box Cottage and the two other cottages were recorded as being occupied by D. H. Physick Esq.
The 1946 records show the occupants of these cottages in more detail. Hatherleigh House occupied by D. H. Physick a fruit grower, Hatherleigh Cottage occupied by (1) F. Anstead a stoker, (2) R. Burridge a gardener. Fern Cottage occupied by A. S. Knight. Rose Cottage occupied by (1) J. Ferguson, (2) Mrs Abram. In 1949 Rose Cottage was recorded as being occupied by Leslie W. Clarke.
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