Nos 29 & 31 Church Street
Early occupiers and owners
In the 1886 sale No 29 and 31 were owned by Henry de Freville but in 1910 Fanny J Ives owned them and all of the Beech Farm estate opposite. Nos 29 & 31 had already been sold before the 1926 Beech Farm sale as they weren’t included.
Alice Bass nee Ashby lived in No 29 in 1910-11 with her children Ron & Vera. Her husband Walter had died in 1899. Alice was earning her living as a dressmaker/tailoress in 1911. When Ronald Bass (1897-1970) married (Nell) Ellen Rogers from Newton in 1925 they lived with Alice in Church Street and brought up their child Betty there.
In 1911 no 31 was occupied by Frederick Newling and family, brother of Thomas Newling who lived in No 37-39. At one point more recently Liz Chapman, an Aunt to Mrs Ashby, lived at No 31.
Semi-detached dwellings with flying freehold
There was no running water; the occupiers used the Fountain Cottage pump nearby until a good water supply came to the village around 1933. No 29 & 31 Church St are semi-detached with two bedrooms from each semi overlapping creating a flying freehold! Betty, granddaughter of Alice Bass remembers there was a front porch that served both houses with front doors straight into the ‘Front Room’ as it was termed in those days although the original double porch is now blocked up. The room at the back was a general kitchen come living room. Betty’s memory as a child living in No 29 was of a small lean-to kitchen added on to that and later 1950/1960 her father had a brick extension kitchen with a bathroom and bedroom built above . The small side extension for a hallway and new stairs (instead of going up from the living room) was added probably late 1930’s.
The 1911 photo largely of No 31 shows the joint porch to the left for the two houses and Frederick Newlings children outside.
The 1920s photo of the Newling family who still lived there shows the side of the house at No 31 before the extension was added on.