Window Etchings Give Clue To Home’s History

Children’s names etched into the window frame of a landmark village house in Essex have been lovingly retained by the current owners as part of the history of the house. Leading local estate agent, Mullucks Wells, are selling The Garth in Great Easton complete with the engravings which date back to when the property was used as a children’s home:

The house, with its striking turret, is known locally as “The Pink House”. Thought originally to have been built as three cottages, the property became the St Michael’s and All Angels Home for Children in the early 1900s.

Current owner Maggie Ellam said: “We bought the house in 2005 and spent a year doing it up before we moved in. Part of the renovation was to repair or replace all the beautiful leaded light windows. That’s when we discovered the names etched into the leadings and we’re told it’s where the children would queue up at meal times. We thought it was such a lovely part of the property’s history that we would keep them exactly as they were.”

Mark Wagstaff of Mullucks Wells estate agents said: “This is a fascinating house with a very intriguing history. We know that it was once a home for children and we suspect that it was built originally as three cottages. The deeds show that it was previously owned by the Countess of Warwick and its name would suggest that there was once a chapel on site. Add to that the striking semi-circular bay on the front of the house and this is a truly landmark village house.”

The Garth has five bedrooms and a landscaped garden of more than half an acre. It’s on the market with Mullucks Wells for £825,000. For more information please contact Mullucks Wells on 01371 872117 or view brochure here.