1 New Cottages

Ruth Irene Davey lives at 1 New Cottages, Lt. Thurlow Green (built about 1953) with her son Paul. She has had three spells of living in the Thurlows of three years, five years and now ten years. Her mother and father came to the village for work and her mother still lives in Gt. Thurlow and is aged 97, our oldest inhabitant (née Ruth Atherton).

Irene, as she is known, is retired and Paul works as a panel beater at Cleales in Saffron Walden. Her main interests are gardening and visiting friends. She likes living in a nice peaceful village near to her mother to whom she gives full support. Irene enjoys the lovely countryside and fresh air. She sees the lack of public transport as the only negative aspect of living here.

The most important change she has seen is in the use of village houses, which used to house estate workers but are now let on short-term leases, making an ever-changing population.