Explore Headley - Apple Tree Cottage (§)

Just off the High Street, a hundred yards down Mill Lane but still in the Conservation Area, is another sixteenth century timber-framed building.  During the first half of the 20th century, the building was home to three families.  Successive owners have lovingly restored and improved it, now including an integral garage with bedroom above under a full gabled roof.

There is a wide-spread oral tradition that houses like these were constructed of “ship’s timbers”.  Historians explain that this does not always mean timbers from ships that have been broken up, but wood from forests that were planted to provide timber for ships when needed.  Evidently the surplus was used for houses. The Alice Holt only four miles away was one such forest.  Certainly the timber in these two houses is not re-used wood, but was cut specifically for the purpose.

The Cottage

§Not to be confused with 'Apple Tree Cottage' in Arford