Hartsmere Cottage, Hurtmore Bottom
Lady Boston’s History of Compton quotes ‘The old house in Hurtmore Bottom is described as the ‘Farm House called Hurtmore Place’ in a conveyance of 1828′. You will see from the earliest photo, with all the trees in it, that there was some sort of building running down to the gate from the house on the left-hand side as you face the gate, as well as the garage on the other side, but that had obviously gone before the photo looking towards the back door from the gate was taken.
Hartsmere is of course the same as Hurtmore, meaning Deer pond, a name which goes back to the Domesday Book. I have been told that the site of the pond at which they presumably drank can still be seen by the track.
Photos kindly supplied by the Kitsons