Of all the locations that I have been returning to for this blog, this Rock House above the common has been my muse. I decided a bit ago, that I’d put all of my pictures of it in one post- the first five are new:
The rest of these, you’ve seen before. I just hope the owners can forgive me for this level of stalking! A bit of research has told me that what I call the Rock House, is actually named Gibraltar Cottage (after the bigger rock.) It was built between 1814 and 1824 as a lodging house and there used to be a pond below it alongside the road. Here it is in 1889: And again in 1907: If I am honest, it is hard to tell from these stylised pictures whether they are actually of this house or one of the other two nearby.
STOP PRESS I went back this morning and in an even more intrusive piece of stalking behaviour, photographed the house from behind- it is clearly the same building as in the two pictures above:
At one point, all of the rocks in the immediate vicinity were apparently called the Gibraltar rocks. However, maybe as Gibraltar Cottage itself was heavily restored in the early 1970s having fallen into ruin, this may be why it looks so different in my versions- or more likely that is just photoshop!!