Many of the thatched cottages in Polesworth burned down due to the nature of their construction including Little Jim’s cottage. The cottage on this page was near the Chetwynd Arms on the square. These photographs show the day the cottage burnt down.
The thatched roof was completely burnt. I was a member of the fire brigade attending the fire (the one holding the shovel) on that day. I had to make a hole in the wattle and daub wall to let the water out. All the thatch washed down the drains, blocked them up and then flooded the square. The cottage was later demolished. Nothing stands there today.
Later the Chetwynd Arms was flattened and a new fire station built there in its place.