I've just finished re-reading Beverley Nichols' A Village in a Valley.
Towards the end of the book Miss Hazlitt, one of the spinsters in the village of Allways passes away.
No doubt pondering his own mortality following this event, the author spends the last section of the book imagining a spectral visit to his Allways cottage many years in the future.
In his mind's eye the cottage has been neglected to the point that the roof has fallen in and ivy is growing inside the walls. It struck me that it would be interesting to learn what has actually become of the cottage.
All I know is that the fictional village was actually Glatton in Cambridgeshire.
This made me think of another of his books that I own. Inside which I found an old yellowing newspaper clipping, with a grainy black and white photo, underneath which was printed
"This quaint old entrance belongs to Beverley Nichols' cottage".
I love finding things like that in old books, don't you?
But what of the cottage?