Adams Cottage














It must have been over 10 years ago when I first spotted Eden Place, an alleyway leading to an unspoilt quiet little haven in the middle of Great Yarmouth.  We walked through the alley into what felt like a Dickensian type court yard. Adams Cottage  was the first and only house my eyes went to, covered with summer flowers it looked a dream. Three years ago we bought the house and it still holds many secrets yet to be revealed.

I remember the day we came to view the house Daphne proudly showed us around. The oldie world kitchen the exposed beams and the pine furniture, cooker in the chimney breast  made me feel right at home.  Up two pine steps with brass protected  runs to a  small room with an open fire and the wonderful old stair case leading to a magnificent landing, which took my breath away.  I was surprised by the height of the rooms and the exposed wall plates and beams . The up stairs sitting room with the paneled chimney breast and open fire place with widows over looking Northgate Street was warm and welcoming. The bathroom small but very cozy and very much in keeping with the rest of the house but with all mod cons including a whirlpool bath!. Down two steps to the bedroom which was full of character  and another open fire place the wooden floors exposed  with rugs. A heavy curtain covered the entrance to a small steep staircase leading to a loft room approximately 5ft 8ins ceiling height so cute for a small child, the dormer window over looking Eden Place. Through a cupboard door we went into quite a good sized cupboard ,squeezing  through a gap and up some more steps we followed. Daphne then carefully she removed a wooden  wall panel to reveal a rather large void which she told us had been used as a priest hole. No priest left behind thank goodness, keeping our heads down we went through a very small door which made us feel a little like Alice in wonderland. Yet another room much larger with  a dormer widow looking out on to Northgate Street . The house was like Dr Who’s tardis  it was fascinating and very tastefully restored. Down yet another staircase which lead into the main landing again . I had fallen in love with the house  and could see no one but ourselves in it. I thought we had seen everything but there was yet to be the biggest surprise of all the cellar. I hadn’t noticed the doorway under the stairs it took us to the cellar which stretches the whole length of the house underneath the Barbers shop.  A large ships beam from one side to the other  the lime washed walls and the alcove for keeping jugs of wine and the bricked up entrance to what was a tunnel leading to the church.. The room had been made as a party room and had fairy lights and fishing nets attached to the beams. Through some curtain and down a couple of well worn steps we went,  in front of us   we saw the Victorian archway built to hold up the chimney added at a later date the ceiling was much higher in this part of the cellar set out like a work shop/store.

We had tea in the kitchen and talk about the house and its resident ghost which we were assured was friendly. A door at the back of the kitchen lead into an outhouse for washing and a downstairs loo, always handy. The small yard outside was big enough to sit in on a warm summers day and the lean to potting shed would be handy for all the pots we intended to have. And so it was we had found the house we wanted and within a few weeks we were moving in and that’s when all the fun began.


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Last updated 22/06/2007


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