Ivy Cottage, 1 Chaveney Road, Quorn
It seems easiest to describe Ivy Cottage as being positioned at right angles to Meeting Street, on the corner of Elms Drive and Meeting Street. In fact its address is 1 Chaveney Road.
For most of the 1800s, the cottage formed part of the extensive Cradock estate. Thomas Cradock moved to Quorn from Loughborough in the early 1840s. Thomas, his wife Mary Octavia and their children lived at Quorn Court on High Street. On Thomas’s death on 7th September 1863 the property passed to his son John Davys Cradock, but was held in trust until he came of age on 6th April 1866.
The cottage was rented out. Unfortunately, although census records begin in 1841, because there were no house numbers, it is difficult in Quorn to determine exactly which house is being referred to. It seems likely from the 1881 census, up to the 1901 census, that the cottage was occupied by Henry Judd, Elizabeth Judd and their family.
By 1910, there is more certainty. 1910 Finance Act records, show that the cottage was still owned by J D Cradock, and the tenant was Thomas Henry Pickard.
The 1911 Census shows that the Pickards are still occupying Ivy Cottage:
Thomas Henry Pickard, aged 49, hosiery counterman
Catherine M B Pickard, aged 49, laundress, at home
William Henry Pickard, son, aged 28, certificated elementary school teacher
Matilda Pickard, daughter, aged 26, domestic duties at home
The Pickards were not a Quorn family, but it is almost certain that Thomas was working at Wright’s elastic webbing factory in the village.
By 1914 the Pickards had left and the Patrick family rented the house. The Patricks had moved from Belgrave in Leicester and Ebenezer also worked in the cotton industry. The family consisted of:
Ebenezer Forsyth Patrick, born 1871, Glasgow
Elizabeth Hartshorn Patrick née Hubbard, born 1871, Thurmaston, Leics
Doris Eva Patrick, daughter, born 1895
Winifred Ida Patrick, daughter, born 1903
On 5th September 1921, J D Cradock died aged 76. His nephew Corbett Cradock and George White (of Quorn) were his executors, and Corbett Cradock the main beneficiary. Elizabeth Patrick bought Ivy Cottage from Major Corbett Cradock on 13th May 1922 for £350, taking out a mortgage for £250 from the Leicester Permanent Building Society. It seems unusual that Elizabeth bought the house and not her husband Ebenezer. Six years later in 1928, Ebenezer died. It can be seen from a plan extracted from the 1922 conveyance, that in the northern corner of the plot there was a pigsty and an outside toilet.
In 1934, Ebenezer and Elizabeth’s youngest daughter Winifred, married Ronald Archibald Lowe and the couple lived with the widowed Elizabeth in Ivy Cottage. When Elizabeth died in 1940, the house passed to Winifred, who continued to live there with Ronald.
On 29th November 1971, a small piece of land from the front garden was sold to Leicestershire County Council, to improve the splay of Elms Drive onto Meeting Street, when Elms Drive was adopted by the Local Authority.
On 14th April 1978 Winifred Lowe sold Ivy Cottage to Peter Kershaw from Birstall for £20,500.
The unique photograph below was taken outside Ivy Cottage, the likely date is around 1915.
The motorbike is an AJS V twin. AJS started making motorcycles in 1909 and the first V twin was made in 1912. The bike appears to be slightly later than that - a 1913 model D – and also it looks fairly well used, so the date is more likely to be 1914 plus.
The two people in the motorbike and side-car are John Henry Lenton and his wife Phillis (nee Harrison), from Belgrave in Leicester. This was written on the back of the photograph.
The residents of Ivy Cottage at this time were Ebenezer and Elizabeth Patrick, and their two children Doris and Winifred. If you look carefully at the photograph, there are three women in the garden. The lady in the white dress is almost certainly Elizabeth Patrick. Next to her is someone wearing dark clothes and a bonnet. Is this the elder daughter Doris, aged 19 waiting to go for a spin in the side car?! The girl whose face you can just see to the left of the window, looks as if it could be the 11 year old Winifred. The photographer is likely to have been Ebenezer Patrick. He would have been standing on the opposite side of the road, approximately where the post-box and phone-box are now.
Elizabeth Patrick (nee Hubbard) was born in Thurmaston in Leicester in 1871, but research shows that in 1881, aged 10, she was living with her widowed mother at 16 Elm Street, Belgrave. Note that Elm Street is now called Elmdale Street. At this time Phillis Harrison (eventually to be Phillis Lenton, ie the lady in the sidecar), was also living in Belgrave, on Abbey Lane. It is likely that Elizabeth and Phillis were school friends, and that they remained friends afterwards, which would explain why the Lentons were visiting the Patricks in Quorn in (about) 1915.
Thanks to Ken Chadwick for his considerable research.
See also Artefact 1611