XLIX.—WEST COTTAGE, BROOK GREEN (Demolished)
Brook (fn. 1) Green—a pleasant open space surrounded by houses—which
has, happily, not lost its identity and has retained something of its old-time
character, in spite of the changed neighbourhood around it, connects the
Hammersmith Road with the thoroughfare leading from Broadway to
Shepherd's Bush. On the west and shortest side of the triangular green
stood West Cottage, which has recently given way to the London County
Council School for physically defective children. The house was of early
18th or late 17th-century appearance, of two storeys, built of brick and
having an old tiled roof with a chimney-stack at each end.
The interior possessed ceilings divided into compartments by moulded
wooden ribs, and from these and indications in one of the rooms of diminishing
pilasters to the fireplace, it may be inferred that in the house were perhaps
incorporated parts of an older building dating back to the earlier part
of the 17th century. An Elizabethan sideboard with turned legs and three
panels carved with Scriptural subjects stood in one of the rooms.
In the Council's ms. collection are:
(fn. 2) Exterior (photograph).
Two interior views (photograph).
Old piece of furniture (photograph).
|| Concerning the origin of the name see p. 122.
|| Reproduced here.