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Old Keepers Cottage. Noak Hill.

As the name suggests the local gamekeeper once lived in this cottage, in fact it was the home of successive gamekeepers to the Neave family. It was retained by the Neaves in the 1919 auction as part of the Dagnam Park estate. It is now a private dwelling and is in part modernised.

In the late fifties this building was abandoned for some time. After a while some of us Harold Hill kids used it as a playground. We were avid birds' nesters. There were house sparrows in the loft and swallows in the out buildings. I found a wren's nest in an old outhouse to the left of the main building and catastrophically a friend kicked a rusty old paint can out back from which emerged a distraught robin and it's eggs which sadly were all broken.                                                                Del Smith.

It is a grade 2 listed building . Listing Text below
NOAK HILL ROAD
5107 Noak Hill
Old Keepers Cottage
TQ 5493/5593 2/7
II GV
C19 cottage, listed mainly for group value. Timber-framed, weather boarded, 3 bays wide, 1½ storeys high. Half-hipped mansard roof with modern tiles. Off-centre axial stack. Modern windows door and hood.
Listing NGR: TQ5414493586

1969

By June 2003 The cottage is looking a bit sorry for itself but by 2008 things are looking up. The property has changed hands several times over the past 20 years.

Thanks to Don Tait for both photos.

2003

2008