Sunday, 17 December 2017

Hidden Henley

WALKING through Pishill you will see this curious little disused cottage alongside the road.

WALKING through Pishill you will see this curious little disused cottage alongside the road.

The building is on private property so cannot be explored close up but it has a tiled roof, sturdy walls and evidence of windows and doors.

The chimney makes you think of agricultural workers inside huddled around an open fire in the middle of winter.

In fact, there are different theories about the function of these type of properties, apart from their use by farm workers.

I have been told they were built around water pumps, while others say they were stopping-off points when patients were on their way down the valley to the W H Smith isolation hospital in Fair Mile, Henley. As usual, it is difficult to separate legend from fact.



What is clear is that the owner of this cottage values idiosyncrasy because it is being renovated and re-roofed, so it should last a few more years yet.



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