Taken from beside the church lytch gates, this view up the High Street is one of the earliest of the village we have. It’s obviously been raining, and the road looks a bit of a state.
Thatch Farm is on the left with a couple of villagers standing outside the doorway. I know there was a slaughter house at the rear of the house, and I think the single storey-lean to (which still exists today) was a butcher’s shop.
Beyond is the George & Dragon pub, which lasted – I think – until the 1960s.
This is the first photo I’ve seen which shows the house beside Burgins Lane with what looks like a thatched roof. The two house on the right are also thatched. Today, only Thatch Farm has retained its traditional roof.
I’d guess the photo could have been taken in the 1890s – or very early 1900s.
Click on the image to enlarge it. Our thanks to Rob Pilkington for allowing us to copy it.