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Witney Street (north): Nos 35, 37, 41, 43

The street continues with a further line of 17th-century rubble cottages, whose 19th-century occupants included labourers, a groom and gardener, and a dyer, stone mason, fellmonger, shoemaker, and plumber/glazier.

All the buildings have been variously altered, as shown by a photograph of the 1920s [A Jewell, Burford in Old Photos (1985), 79]. At that date No. 35, possibly once a cottage pair, had a large 18th-century carriageway to the left (its outline clearly visible around the present door and window), and a central doorway now replaced by a window. No. 37, with its 'Cotswold' mullioned windows, was also a cottage pair, but the present building is the result of an almost complete rebuild in the 1940s.

At No. 41 differences in the upper courses of stonework show that the roof has been heightened, probably in the 18th century when the large casement windows were inserted. Probably the owners were of limited means, since one might have expected such improvements to include sash windows and a roof-line as high as neighbouring houses. The lower-quality work and the use of a cheaper sliding or 'Yorkshire' sash window point to the same conclusion.

At No. 43 the sash windows are 18th-century in style (moulded architraves standing proud of the wall), but may be part of a 19th-century remodelling.

See: A Jewell, Burford in Old Photos (1985), 79; Listed Building Description

Content generated during research for the paperback book 'Burford: Buildings and People in a Cotswold Town' (ISBN 13 : 9781860774881) for the England's Past for Everyone series

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