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Riverside Cottage

One of the most photographed buildings in Lambourn after the Church is Riverside Cottage. The cottage is located at the exit of the small lake which is at the head of the River Lambourn and has two model lighthouses in the stream which runs in front of the cottage.

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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn. The Postmark date on the reverse of this postcard is 1910, but the photo was probably well before that date.  Note the single dormer window, which seems to have been painted in rather than being glass.

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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn. Date unknown, but the single dormer window is now glazed and none of the windows are glazed in the previous Georgian pane style.

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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.  Date unknown, but the Edwardian style dress of the ladies suggests very early 1900s.  The yew bush in the corner between the cottage and the bridge is a little taller than in the previous photo.
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.  The exterior looks to be in a poor state. The postmark date on the reverse of this postcard is 1931, but the photo may be earlier.  Phil and Alice Ford took ownership of the cottage in 1931, when Alice described it as having weeds growing through the floor.  They set about turning it into a beautiful home.
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.  Probably late 1930s.  Restored, with a new front door and windows. The front garden and river bank have been tidied and the yew 'bush' by the bridge rails trimmed into a tree.The 'extensions' on either side of the timber framed section were both built in the 1700s when bricks showing the date were built into the walls.
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.  Repairing the timber bridge rails. The cottage now has a porch over its front door. 
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.   Date unknown. A second dormer window has been built and a window added in the front wall beside the road, and possibly the window on the far right
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.  Electricity comes to Goose Green! (see poles on the opposite side of the road).  The bridge is now metal and more robust.
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.   Then Phil Ford built a lighthouse, a lifeboat station and air-sea rescue station in the river. The lighthouse had a working light.  Sometimes Phil's collection of model aircraft was set out on the grassed area on the bank opposite the cottage.
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.  The working lighthouse and lifeboat station built by Phil Ford. Phil and Alice are on the bridge in this photo.  Phil was a blacksmith and made the wrought iron gates of the cottage.
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.   Summer 1983.  
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.  Lighthouse and models built by Phil Ford, in the river outside his front door. The lighthouse was lit by a switch inside the cottage. 
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.   Lighthouse, Jetty and Lifeboat Station built by Phil Ford in the river outside his front door.
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Riverside Cottage - Lambourn.  Jetty and Lifeboat Station built by Phil Ford in the river outside his front door. 
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Riverside Cottage was produced by Lilliput Lane Minitures
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Lilliput Lane is known worldwide for its miniature cottages, made famous for their fine detail, unmatched quality and authenticity. From chocolate box cottages to homes of the famous and buildings of historical importance, all aspects of the vernacular map of the British Isles are included in the product range.

The first Lilliput Lane cottages were introduced in 1982 and they immediately impressed with their authenticity and attention to detail. From then on, whether recreating the intricate thatch motifs decorating the roofs of traditional country cottages, capturing the majesty of Buckingham Palace, or reflecting the sacred character of the smallest church, the Lilliput creative team of sculptors, designers and artists have delighted collectors with their miniature designs. With their fascinating insights into many aspects of Britain's heritage, the cottages evoke nostalgia for bygone times.

Entirely hand-made and painted in the Scottish Borders by skilled artists, the cottages have evolved over the years. Several designs now include illuminated windows and doors, music or movement, whilst the enchanting wintry- and snowy-themed cottages are of especial appeal during the festive season.