Explore Headley - The White House

Of all the houses in the Street, this one must surely have had the most chequered history.  Originally a pretty little cottage, it was doubled in size, as you can see from the different roof levels, in the second half of the 19th century.  It also had a wooden extension on the south end – one of the previously described shops. 

At the beginning of this century it was the home of Mr Richard Curtis, son of the owner of the shop opposite.  Then it became an army house, a Captain’s quarter.  
Miss Whitfield Hart was the next tenant, and she ran a private dairy business using the wooden extension.  She sold out to Unigate, and the house was converted horizontally into two flats for their roundsmen.

A subsequent owner completely altered the exterior, replacing the eighteenth century sash windows with modern metal casements, and removing the gabled porch.  After this, the bottom floor became three small shops in one: a boutique, a baby shop, and a proprietary chemist’s, with flat above. 

It then reverted to being a private house once again, with various tenants using just the ground-floor room at the south end for a small shop, selling ceramics, expensive stationery, and crafts of all kinds.  Finally it has settled down, under the last several owners, as a private dwelling.