Revisited: The backside of a cottage’s history

Suddenly it makes sense.

There was an uptick on Malcolm’s visit-stats for a post from May 2010. These things come and go, but they do tickle the wondering-buds: why?

Well, today’s Times bricks and mortar (the Friday property porn supplement, and on page 3, too) supplies a likely cause:


Stiffkey, Norfolk, NR23

Detached period cottage

What you get Two bedrooms, bathroom, study (or third bedroom), kitchen, sitting room, former wash-house and gardens.

Where is it? In the village of Stiffkey, a mile from the North Norfolk coast.

Upside The cottage, which was owned by the author Henry Williamson in the 1930s, has a garden that goes down to the river and is thought to have inspired his book Tarka the Otter.

Local residents remember Williamson using the wash-house for writing.

The cottage has a light, modern feel and some pretty period features.

Downside Only two bedrooms upstairs but there is scope to extend the house with planning permission. The house backs on to the coast road, which can be busy.

Price £495,000

Contact Bedfords, 01328 730500,

Compare and contrast

… that puff above, with Malcolm’s previous post.

Note the missing detail about the back wall, which runs alongside the A149 coast road.

As for the Local residents who, so clearly, remember Williamson using the wash-house for writing, they’d need to be in their eighties.

tarka_the_otter_henry_williamsonWhatever Williamson was writing, holed up in his wash-house, was more likely to be columns for Oswald Mosley’s fascist rag, Action, than about any otter.

Tarka the Otter (which is firmly rooted in North Devon, not North Norfolk) was published in 1927, well before 1936 when Williamson bought Old Hall Farm in Stiffkey.

As it so often says on estate agents’ publications:

Reasonable endeavours have been made to ensure that the information given in these particulars is materially correct but any intending purchaser or lessee should satisfy themself by inspection, searches, enquiries and survey as to the correctness of each statement.

Particularly so in this case.



Filed under advertising., Henry Williamson, Norfolk, reading, Times, Wells-next-the-Sea

2 responses to “Revisited: The backside of a cottage’s history

  1. Doubting Thomas

    B****r me – £495,000 for a 2 up 2 down cottage with a bit added or is the price because of a bit of reflected glory from a fascist?. It will suit posh weekenders nicely won’t it? Tug your forelock for the quality boy.

  2. Malcolm Redfellow

    You got it.

    Stiffkey was once a decent place for barely-decent people to live (cf: the lionised Rev. Harold Davidson).

    Now it’s the resort of the weekend brigade: the haves and the have-yachts. Fortunately, property prices are heading downwards. Bedfords have a remarkable lot of property on their books. And for a very long time.

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