Auld Cottage News


Auld Cottage is a small, timber-framed building standing on the main street in the centre of Norwell.  The earliest timber has been dated to 1512 by dendrochronology. Originally single storey it now has  two lower and two upper rooms the latter being accessed by a central wooden staircase.  The ceiling was probably inserted in the early 17th century; the timber frame being infilled with brick between the 17th and 19th centuries.  The building was extended eastwards by 2 metres, possibly in the 18th century; this part contains a ground floor iron cooking range.

It is currently unoccupied.  It is thought to have been built as an agricultural building which was subsequently used as a residence until the mid-1960s.  It has no services and is in a poor condition.

It is one of eight timber-framed buildings in Norwell which have formed part of a tree-ring dating project by English Heritage and is considered to be of heritage interest..

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

In August 2016 Norwell Parish Heritage Group was given a Heritage Lottery Fund Start-up Grant for the Restoration and Redevelopment of Auld Cottage.  This has made it possible to carry out architectural and structural.  Whilst it is agreed that is not in a good state it is considered that it can be saved.  Work has also been done on possible uses and architectural drawings have been presented to indicate how the building could be restored to accommodate these suggestions. At present Auld Cottage is in private ownership.  Future ownership, governance and management are under discussion with Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust.

Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)

In November 1917 AHF awarded the project a Project Viability Grant (PVG).  This was made possibly by match funding from the HLF Grant.  This makes it possible to carry out further investigation into the costs that would be involved and potential of uses. 


The Future

It will only be possible to carry this project forward if it is seen to be viable financially and uand self-supporting.  It would also need to be of value as a community building and would not compete with any of the public places, like the village hall, already operating in the village. 


If it is considered to have the potential to be a viable project then the next stage would be to apply for another grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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