Radley House at the junction of The Walk & Holdenby Road. The two cottages were linked into a single house in 1964/5. Owners Brindley Tyrell and Sandra Radford, who married in 1966/7, used their names to create the name of the house. The lead Fire Insurance badge on the house is not the original one for the house. The main house was thatched with Continental Water Reed by Bob Farmer in 1987/8, and re-ridged by Roger Scanlan in 2001.
At the west end of The Walk, with Teddy Wykes' milk float in the foreground and bunting for King George V's Silver Jubilee celebrations. The cottages are now one house, Radley House.
The Walk was previously known as Rope Walk. Bell ropes and strong agricultural ropes were made here by Spratton rope-makers for churches and farms all around the local area. A wheel supported on two posts was placed at the far end of 'the walk' and to this the rope-maker fastened one end of the hemp, which he carried before him. As he walked backwards a child turned the wheel and the rope-maker twisted the hemp into strong and even rope. During the restoration of the cob cottages (at the end of The Walk), large rounded storage 'caves' were discovered dug out of the earth walls behind the house. Their shape and depth suggest they might have been used to store the hemp and finished ropes.
In this part of Spratton, there is remaining evidence of cob houses and walls (there is a cob wall diagonally opposite at this junction).
Cob is a method of building in mud with straw to bind it, usually up to 2 feet thick, and built on a stone base or plinth which is normally 18 inches high.
There are many Northamptonshire villages where cob was used in the 17th and 18th centuries. The photograph above is taken from an excellent article in 'Northamptonshire Past & Present' published by the Northamptonshire Record Society in 1964. The date of the photograph is not recorded.