East Horsley, The Lovelace Buildings: Sheepwalk Cottage

Sheepwalk Cottage. Image: HCPS

Sheepwalk Cottage.
Image: HCPS

Another of the outlying cottages that was in sheep country, so called because the soil was not good enough for much else. But Lovelace embarked on an ambitious programme of planting trees and became an enthusiastic forester employing many men working as foresters.

Sheepwalk Cottage. Image: HCPS

Sheepwalk Cottage.
Image: HCPS

Sheepwalk was originally a small 17th century cottage with two rooms downstairs and two upstairs. When Lovelace acquired it he added two more rooms at the back and the quaint little outhouse on the left-hand side, which may have been a stable for a woodsmans pony or possibly a workshop or woodstore. Although Lovelace dressed the front of the cottage in flint, there is no other decoration apart from the date plaque above the porch. The roof is clad in clay tiles instead of slate.

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