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HISTORY

May cottage lies within the Village of Stiperstones

The village takes its name from the dramatic range of rock tipped hills that stretch from near Linley in the south-west to Pontesbury to the north-east. Stiperstones owes its existence to lead mining as does the cottage, which was built by Thomas Evans in the early-mid 19th century using local stone and timber. Thomas was employed at the local lead mine, which is long since closed and is now home to important bat colonies.

 

The area is strikingly beautiful but the winters could be bleak and the soil thin and rocky making the land difficult to farm. Therefore the main decision to settle in the area was directly linked to the mining of lead. For a short time the area was one of the most productive producers of lead in Great Britain.

The Chapel next door was a later addition, built after the family gifted the land to the local Methodist church who built onto the gable end.

The cottage is now known as 'May Cottage' in honour of the late Gladys May Evans. It has been lovingly restored over several years and is a mix of modern and original features.

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