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Pear Tree Cottage: 1815-2021
Pear Tree Cottage from a postcard by Homewood of Burgess Hill, c1905. The man in the straw boater is Harry (Henry) Hastings, village postman.
Pear Tree Cottage from a postcard by Homewood of Burgess Hill, c1905. The man in the straw boater is Harry (Henry) Hastings, village postman.
The pear tree from which the house took its name, shown in a detail from Homewood’s postcard.
The pear tree from which the house took its name, shown in a detail from Homewood’s postcard.
1788William Wisdom1815
1815Glynde Estate?
1788William Wisdom1818
1818William Weller1867
1867Charles Weller1911
1911Louisa Weller1918
1918George Weller1929
1929Florence Weller1943
1945Elizabeth Pratt1948
1948Misses Pratt1975

After Pear Tree Cottage was purchased by the Glynde Estate in 1815, or possibly just before, the house was divided into two, the left, or eastern, half being known as Pear Tree Cottage, and the right hand half being the living accommodation for the village shop. William Wisdom left the premises in about 1818 and the new occupier was William Weller.

Weller had been born in Firle in 1790, the son of William and Philadelphia. The Weller family had been bricklayers and builders in Firle from at least the mid eighteenth century and the William who moved to Glynde was also a builder and bricklayer. In the 1830s Weller kept a beershop on the premises, known as the Fox and Hounds, for which he paid the estate an extra £1 a year rent. Very little evidence exists for the name of the pub but an item in the Susex Advertiser of 17 February 1840 noted 'The children of the Sunday School were regaled at the vicarage with plum cake and wine; and a social party met in the evening at the Fox and Hounds' On William’s death in 1867 his son Charles took over the family building business. As well as carrying out the routine building maintenance for the Glynde Estate, William and Charles Weller and their family were the builder’s responsible for the distinctive flint and red brick houses built in the village for the estate in the second half of the nineteenth century. They include Malthouse Cottages, 4-7 Hampden Gardens and Glynde Social Club, and 1-34 Trevor Gardens, as well as houses in other villages owned by the estate.

After the death of Charles Weller’s wife, Louisa, in 1918 the Weller building firm seems to have ceased, although Charles’s nephew George lived at the house in 1929. The house was converted into two flats in 1975, when the pear tree that had stood against the east wall for over a century was cut down.

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