Cottage History

Our cottage has a rich history and we’re still trying to work most of out.  The Walled Cottage used to be 2 separate cottages, we believe one was known as Parsonage Cottage, as it was in the grounds of what is now The Old Parsonage and the other as The Cottage Opposite The Sun, because it’s opposite The Sun Cafe Bar (which used to be a public house); it may also have been known as “Jones’ Cottage”.

The cottages became one in 1964 and became known as The Walled Cottage.

Parsonage Cottage

House built
A new cottage

Cottage built by Simon Christmas and sold to THOMAS TOMBS 


Simon Christmas (cordwainer), husband of Elizabeth sells to Thomas Tombs for £45. Described as ALL that new Erected Cottage 

01 Jan 2020
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Extension built
Extension built

A 2 storey extension is added to the east side of the cottage providing a new kitchen downstairs and a new bedroom upstairs.

New owners
The Prests buy the cottage

The Cottage is bought by John and Susan Prest.  John is a history professor at Balliol College, Oxford.

The House Opposite The Sun

1800s ??
A new cottage
Cottage built

The cottage was built and known as The Cottage Opposite The Sun due to its proximity to The Sun public house. The house faced the road (then known as Back Street) and only had windows on the side facing the road.  There was a pump house and a storage room to the site of the house.


Occupied by George Hanley, infant shoe maker? (property mentioned as being to the North of the Old Parsonage cottage in the 1839 deed) 


Joseph Penny Frampton dies and leaves to his son Joseph Perry Frampton 

Change of ownership

Joseph Perry Frampton (farmer) sells to Arthur Edmund Cullum (carpenter) for £180 along with Westfield Road premises 


8 Church Road owned by Arthur Callum and lived in by Frank Jones (from district valuations p33 and map, property no 365) 

The Jones's

8 Church Road lived in by William Jones and his brother Alfred (Wheatley Archives   


Arthur Edmund Cullum dies and probate granted to daughters Barbara Cullum (spinster) and Florence Mary Prior.  They inherit Jones’ cottage and workshop (Allen site) in Westfield Road 


Miss B Cullum sells Jones’ Cottage to Leonard Freeman (group captain retired) and Phyllis Cecily Freeman for £500 2nd Jan 1961 

27 Apr 1963

Leonard Freeman dies and Phyllis Cecily Freeman inherits

01 Aug 1963
Cottage sold

Phyllis Cecily Freeman(widow) sells to John Prest and Susan Prest for £6600. Deed refers to 1950 conveyance of premises known as the Wall Cottage but which were formerly Ye Olde Parsonage.   Plan shows two cottages not joined.  Also shows a green house the other side of the original historic wall

Planning permission

John Prest gets planning permission to join two cottages to form THE WALLED COTTAGE.

The Walled Cottage

2 become 1
Cottage joined

In 1964, the Prests joined Parsonage Cottage and The House Opposite The Sun together so they became a single property known as The Walled Cottage.

21st May 1995
Grade 2 listing

The cottage is listed as a grade 2 listed property.  Details of the listing can be found here. The description is:

"Small house. Mid/late C18. Limestone rubble and squared quoins with timber lintels; old plain-tile roof and brick gable stack. L-plan. 2 storeys. Symmetrical 3-window front has blocked central door and five 2-light casements, those at ground floor with plank shutters and those above with brick sills. Small rubble range adjoining chimney gable to left. Part rendered rubble rear wing to right. Interior not inspected."

A new house

Planning permission is granted to build a new bungalow with a basement in the garden.

September 2019
New owners

The Walled Cottage was bought by the Barrett family who moved from Royal Tunbridge Wells to fulfil a dream of living in a village close to Oxford.