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Why does this little Norfolk cottage for sale have two front doors?

PUBLISHED: 08:29 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:43 13 June 2018

The house on Beach Road, Caister. Pic: www.minorsandbrady.co.uk

The house on Beach Road, Caister. Pic: www.minorsandbrady.co.uk

No, you’re not seeing double, this little Victorian house for sale in Caister-on-Sea really does have two front doors! But why?

The house on Beach Road, Caister. Pic: www.minorsandbrady.co.ukThe house on Beach Road, Caister. Pic: www.minorsandbrady.co.uk

The postman really does knock twice at this little house on Beach Road in Caister-on-Sea because there are two, almost identical front doors.

Both doors have two steps, painted in red, both have a black letter box, black iron door handles and one has a door knocker, the other a more modern bell.

The only clue as to which door is used by the owners is the fact the one on the right hand side has a modern key mechanism and a peephole for visitors.

Little was known about the history of the house, for sale for a guide price of £200,000-£220,000, except that it was built in the mid 1800s until the EDP put out a plea for information.

The house on Beach Road, Caister. Pic: www.minorsandbrady.co.ukThe house on Beach Road, Caister. Pic: www.minorsandbrady.co.uk

Several people emailed in as a result and it is now understood the house was once two fishermen’s widow’s cottages built in 1856 by the then Lord of the Manor, Thomas Clowes for £300; so the reason for two front doors as there would have been a dividing wall between them.

The ladies were allowed to live rent free and were given a ton of coal a year for their heating.

Last night the grandson of a widow who once lived there contacted the EDP with even more details. He said: “My late grandmother Mrs Ada George lived in number 100. She lived there in late 1960s, maybe earlier than that. I was only a small kid and have vague memories of the house.

“She lived in the left side house and another widow lived in 102 (the right hand door.) She lost her husband at sea on a trawler called The Waverley in the 1930s, off the coast of Scotland.

The house on Beach Road, Caister. Pic: www.minorsandbrady.co.ukThe house on Beach Road, Caister. Pic: www.minorsandbrady.co.uk

“It (the house) was originally one small room at the front, into a little corridoor with a bedroom on the left, a tiny kitchen, I think, at the rear and an outside toilet. I can remember the stone cold floors and a small wood fire.”

The stone plaque visible above the doors did state ‘Widows’ Houses’ along with the initials TC and the date 1856.

The property is being sold by agents Minors & Brady. It has been renovated and extended, now offering two double bedrooms, a lounge/diner, bathroom, kitchen and a conservatory in an extension at the rear. Outside it sits in a courtyard behind front railings and is in walking distance of the beach.

If anyone has any old photographs showing the cottage, please email caroline.culot@archant.co.uk

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