Found your web site (very good) when searching
for more information about 9, High Street. The site was very informative
and changed our view of when No 9 'The Three Horseshoes' was built.
Your information on the location of Coles's
shop is incorrect as can be seen from the attached
photo I have enclosed which I took when
we moved here in 1978. Mr Coles told us that the shop had been opened at
the start of the First World War in 1914. It appeared to be more of a
general store when we moved in with all sorts of things on sale from
garden seeds to bicycle repair kits. Mr Coles also told us that there was
a property at one time joining No9 to No7(you can see this clearly on the
end walls). This cottage was apparently used as a 'Dame School' but we
have been unable to find any further information about this.
Most of what we know about this house was
gleaned from Vere and Dot Coles. My wife sat with Mr and Mrs Coles back in
the 1980's and they told her lots of fascinating information about the
house and the village. It was Vere who told us that the house was a pub
and that what is now our kitchen was the beer store. The door into the
kitchen is still the original extra wide opening to enable barrels to be
rolled in! We have recently found an old
photo (Corby Library Archives) taken in 1910. It is mainly of the
Spread Eagle but you can see in the middle distance the pub sign outside
our house. I have added this photo as an attachment but it is a scanned
photocopy so I don't know how clear it will be.
Hope this is useful to you.
March 15, 2004