My name is Otto Schneider and my parents and brother lived at Greenhill Cottage Morton Bagot between 1948 and about 1954. The following information was told to me by my mother and father.
The cottage was originally called Carter’s Number 1 and Carter’s Number 2 as it was two semi detached cottages. I was told they were 300 years old in 1950 but this needs to be checked. They were stop-over cottages for Carters who delivered salt between Droitwich and Warwick. The lane in front of the cottages was called Silver Street because of the amount of salt transported along this lane.
The layouts of the cottages
Carter’s No. 1 (the left-hand cottage of the pair) had one room downstairs and one room upstairs, which was reached by a black painted wooden ladder nailed to the wall and a trap door in the bedroom floor. The horses and wagons were kept overnight in the stables to the left of the cottages. Carter’s No. 2 had an inglenook fireplace and stairs that were built into the left side of the chimney breast.
Fresh water was pumped from a well in front of the cottage. The toilet was a brick privy in the garden on the west side so the prevailing wind would blow the smell way from the cottage.