In October 2018 a small but dedicated team of SPAB staff and volunteers were deployed to Auld Cottage, Norwell, Nottinghamshire for the second Guerrilla Working Party. Jane Holt, SPAB Scholar (1997) and Nottinghamshire architect was concerned about the building’s rapidly deteriorating condition, and the Norwell Parish Heritage Group desperately wanted to secure the building before the winter. The SPAB stepped in.
Elizabeth Jones, secretary of the Norwell Parish Heritage Group, reports on the two-day working party at Auld Cottage. This modest timber-framed building on Main Street, Norwell, a small village in Nottinghamshire, had not been occupied since the 1960s. Its earliest timber has been dendro-dated to 1512 and when erected it was probably a simple agricultural building with two, possibly three bays. Over the years its frame has been infilled with brick and it has been roofed with pan tiles, but much of the original frame remained, although not in the best condition.
The team propped up the walls and the first floor, and fixed the leaking roof. Auld Cottage is now safe and secure for the winter. Locals have been inspired by the vision and enthusiasm of those who feel passionately about our heritage. The future is just about ensured, a purchase is in process and plans for development will include a great respect for the integrity of the building.