It’s not often a rare piece of history is uncovered going back more than 300 years in the Black Country but a freelance architectural historian’s successful attempt to rescue a nail maker’s home on the Hagley Road in Hasbury has now raised questions over its future.
Lee Hutchings, who lives and works in Manchester but was brought up in Hasbury, said: “It’s been a burning ambition of mine to save the cottage and now it has been given Grade II listed status, hopefully its future has been secured.”
But it has raised the question of what will happen to the building which is in private ownership.
When The Bugle contacted English Heritage, the national body responsible for formally listing the cottage, they said they were unable to add any information about its future.
Built from sandstone blocks quarried locally and originally a farm labourer’s cottage, it became associated with local industry when a nail shop was added early in the 19th century.
The sandstone blocks, which were used for its construction, were from a nearby quarry, which probably supplied the building blocks for St Mary’s Abbey in Halesowen and St John’s Church.
Lee added: “There used to be several of these small cottages dotted all over Hasbury in years gone by, but now they have all gone, making the nail maker’s cottage quite unique in the area.”
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