A House With A History

Published: 10/01/2024 By James McKay

Intrigued by a door-mounted plaque on a door within this charming 18th Century cottage at Rimpton, selling agent James McKay in our Sherborne office set out to learn its history.

The plaque dates back to when the cottage was a Post Office in the 19th century and would have been affixed to a Postmaster’s safe manufactured by Milners, a Liverpool firm once regarded as the supplier of the best safes in the world. The vendors advise that descendants of one former Postmaster, a Mr Hutchins, still reside in the village.
However, James discovered an earlier provenance in a slightly sunken hollow at the bottom of the garden which is the last indication of a very old theological route. The village of Rimpton was at one stage several centuries ago ‘owned’ by the Bishop of Winchester and his emissaries travelled from time to time between Winchester and Taunton, stopping off at Rimpton. Village history leaflets seem to bear out the general idea, and it’s believed that the area in the garden was originally a hedge-bound lane - echoing with the sound of horses’ hooves. Nowadays, it is a delightful woodland area, but it is an intriguing story nonetheless!

More modern history centres around the Garden Office, where a previous owner of Woodside wrote several books, the last one being titled “Nine Turnings and 59 Steps”, the steps referring to the walk across the lawn and through the arch to the office. A magnolia tree at the side of the office was planted as a birthday present for the author.

This welcoming, history-rich cottage is for sale with a Guide of £775,000, for details please click here, or contact James on 01935 814488 to arrange an appointment to view.