An old cottage


The Old Cottage, Marsh Lane, by Herbert St John Jones (left) and by an unknown photographer.

WHEN famous Nantwich artist Herbert St John Jones painted this picture in 1914, he called his work The Old Cottage, off Marsh Lane.

   Its actual name was Shenton's Cottage and is the building where Mary Ellson was born.

   Mary, now Mary Vitkovitch and living in Newark, Nottinghamshire, contacted local historian Andrew Lamberton after seeing a black and white version of the painting in the book "Lost Houses in Nantwich". Andrew told me: "I was glad that she could confirm that I had it in the right place."

   Mary told Andrew that her father was Walter Ellson. Said Andrew: "He would be Walter senior" - a reference to Walter (junior), the Nantwich man who had The Hacienda built. "She would be Paul's aunt", he added, referring to Paul Ellson who contacted "A Dabber's Nantwich" and whose letter is on the "This and That" page.   

   Andrew said: "Apparently the cottage was demolished around 1926 and Walter Ellson built a detached house on the same site. This is called Marsh Mount and still stands." (Pictured right).

   Mary also loaned a picture of Form 3B of Nantwich and Acton Grammar school which is featured on this page.

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