The original "cottage" part, probably 17th century, was as it stands now, with only the addition of a tin- roofed scullery. In 1972, the scullery was demolished, the "front door", as it was then, was blocked in (for the single room had four doors in it), the narrow staircase leading up to the one bedroom was replaced by a wider and safer one, and one of the two accesses to the stairs was also blocked in. The inglenook fireplace was exposed, to great delight, in perfect order. This, like many others in the village, is made of Tudor brick and goes right through to the roof of the house. It was necessary to strip off the old exterior plasterwork of the cottage in order to make it sound and, after this had been renewed, it was realised too late that it was not possible to replace a small amount of pargetting which had existed previously on the front wall of the cottage, for this work must be carried out before the plastering is completed.
The modern part of the house, which was built in 1972, whilst being in complete contrast to the old, contains quite a few unusual interior features which will, hopefully, prove to be of architectural interest in years to come and will be considered of merit in their own right. It has been entered by its architects: Messrs. C. Bourne and Partners, of Swaffham Bulbeck, in national and international competitions but did not feature in the finals.
Until 1936, there were two thatched cottages at right angles behind Sugar Loaf, but these wore destroyed by fire. Adjacent to Sugar Loaf towards Fox Farm, there were two other small cottages which were finally demolished in 1974. On their place has been built a house that belongs to the Fox Green development
Violet Mills (nee Crick), son Derek and mother Ada Crick (nee Purvis) outside the cottage next (to the left) of Sugar Loaf and Mr & Mrs Harry Balls outside Sugar Loaf
It is not known how or why this cottage is called Sugar Loaf, but it can only be surmised that it is so called because of its mansard roof, which is a rather unusual feature in villages of the immediate area. The name possibly derives from the fact that originally sugar was kept in solid 'loaves'. When some sugar was needed it was scraped off the loaf: This would give rise to the sloped shape of the top or roof of the loaf. This picture is from a Bristol Museum.
Sugar Loaf is the name given to a number of mountains across the world from Rio to Wales. All stick up rather prominently from the surroundings. It is also the name given to a type of hat.