The present owner of Willow Cottage has done extensive
restoration work during which he has found signs that it
may once have been three cottages, with a steep pitched
roof suggestive of thatch.
Numbers 10 & 11 were converted into Willow Cottage
after their sale from the Keith estate. In 1989 the
local newspaper ran a story about the mixed reception
of the establishment of a conservation area in the
village. Twenty-five years on, it has proved to be a
valuable bulwark against inappropriate development.
Mr Prior had worked on the London Underground before
retiring with his wife to Hoe. Mr Prior had a
connection to the Toleman family – Ted Toleman founded
a Formula One motor racing team in 1980 and had his
best result in 1984 with Ayrton Senna driving.
Consequently, weekend visitors to the Priors came in
very exotic cars and even a helicopter which landed in
the field behind the cottage.