"My parents bought Gothic Cottage, I think from a Mrs Haywood, in
about 1947 when I was four. It was of yellow brick, paler,
as I recall, than London stock brick, but Mother didn't like it
and so it was soon painted white (Snowcem) by my father.
He added shutters (cosmetic, they didn't shut) to the front
upstairs window and painted the exterior woodwork royal blue.
It really did look most attractive. We added the driveway
and carport on the west side and, on the east side, the wall
with archway leading to the rear garden.
My parents remained at Gothic Cottage until about 1974, when
they moved to a small bungalow in High Meadows. Gothic
Cottage was advertised for sale by Allsop, Downing & Sellers'
West Bromwich office and I think it fetched about £19,000.
The new owner, a doctor, added a small extension to the front
elevation to accommodate a staircase, replacing the original
staircase with rooms, one up and one down. He repainted
the exterior a buff colour, with white woodwork and, later, sold
part of the rear garden to the developers of the new house built
between Gothic Cottage and the old farmhouse, which was formerly
Nicholls's butchers shop."
I am much obliged to Paul Sutherland for this information. If anyone
has any further information on the earlier or later history of the house, it
would be most welcome.