Thyme Cottage & Pumping Station
“Thyme Cottage” is a detached bungalow set back behind “Hope Cottage”. Built in 1933. It has been extensively extended during its life. It was bought in 1988 by the present owners from Rev Barker, the Baptist minister. They renamed it “Thyme Cottage”but In Rev Barker’s time, it was known as “East West” (because it lies directly on those points of the compass) and was one dwelling; before then it had been two dwellings, Nos 34 & 35 (or 34 & 36?) Button End.
In the front garden is a square brick structure. This used to belong to the Chesterton Rural District Council and was built in 1935 as a Pumping Station for the Harston Water Scheme to supply fresh water to the Village; the water scource was a 120 ft deep 10 inch diameter borehole adjacent to the Station. Use of the borehole and pumping station ceased in 1995 (borehole dried up?) and the borehole was backfilled. The present owners bought the station in September 1995 and renovated/converted it to be part of the house in January 2003.