Painting of the original cottage
by Jean SamwaysShropshire planning officers have finally given the go ahead to demolish Spring Cottage after an eight year battle by the owners, several appeals, objections and revisions of plans. Permission has been granted with the condition that the original small cottage, now contained within the extended house, should be identified and rebuilt on the site as an additional non-habitable building. The society welcomes this compromise and the owners have stated that they are willing to enter into a dialogue with us as to the use of the building. We look forward to working with them to preserve this important piece of Shropshire’s literary heritage. Spring Cottage and its environment on Lyth Hill has special significance in Mary’s life and her development as a writer. She designed the cottage for herself and her husband Henry, fulfilling a dream to live on beautiful Lyth Hill, her land of inspiration.