IMG_9801Wednesday 4 July 2018 Today we take ownership of our new home, 2 Hillside in Kingscourt on the edges of Stroud. At last the Peter Joy for-sale sign now has “Sold” added.

2 Hillside used to be two weaver’s cottages (we think). The first was built sometime before 1750 (we think). The second, end of terrace, was added in the early 1800s (we think). Sometime in the 1900s they were joined to make one cottage (we think).

It is now a Grade II listed house of significant historical interest.

2 Hillside has not been occupied for at least five years, possibly a decade. We now face the exciting challenge of months bringing the cottage back to life and making it habitable again.

As we wrote in our submission to Stroud’s conservation department, our mission is to “bring back, in collaboration with tradespeople local to Stroud, a family home that respects and reflects the history of the property and the community of which it has been a part for some two centuries”.

The aim of this blog is to record the adventure.