Spring Cottage – application to demolish

Shropshire Star report

Shrewsbury Chronicle report

There is an application to demolish Spring Cottage in Lyth Hill which is the former home of Mary Webb. The application can be viewed on line at the following link reference 13/03709/FUL.  Comments from the public must be received no later than the 29th of October 2013.

Whether or not you enjoy Mary Webb’s contribution to English literature, do you have a view on this application to demolish her home in Lyth Hill?

From Lyth Hill there is a breath-taking panorama of ‘the enchanted plain’ and the Shropshire Hills, all of significance in Mary Webb’s life and writings. Lyth Hill was her ‘home of colour and light’ where she felt inspired to write. Though less wooded than in her time, the hill, its slopes, the view and ‘Spring Coppice’ are much as they were when she lived here, looking across to ‘the blue ring of hills’…’the sapphire-circled plain.’

Spring Cottage, Mary’s home from 1917 to 1927 was built to Mary’s own design, with a verandah where she would sit writing – novels, poems and stories flowing from her pen. Each day Mary walked along Lyth Hill to Spring Coppice, her ‘Little Wood’ – an endless source of inspiration and solace, where she observed many of the details of nature which enriched her writing.

Into the scented woods we’ll go
And see the blackthorn swim in snow,
High above, in the budding leaves,
A brooding dove awakes and grieves…
– ‘Green Rain’

The 1920s novels House in Dormer Forest and Seven for a Secret were written at Spring Cottage who lived on Lyth Hill on and off for ten years, alternating between Spring Cottage and her London home, until her death in 1927. The action in her most famous novel Precious Bane took place around the nearby Bomere Pool, that she called Sarn Mere.


7 comments to Spring Cottage – application to demolish

  • Bob Wellings

    My family were neighbours of Mary Webb on Lyth Hill for several years. They have always spoken about a good neighbour as much as they have about a famous author.
    I find it unbelievable that “Spring Cottage” is not a listed building.

  • Cllr Jon Tandy Mayor of Shrewsbury

    I am very surprised and upset that this building is even being thought of being knocked down. I am going to put a letter of objection. Can I urge for the good people of Shrewsbury to do the same

  • Kester Woodseaves

    This is terrible news, such a historical place for Salopians!

  • Stewart Wellings

    Spring Cottage has always been talked about in our family with reverence. The home of Mary Webb should be listed. Mary Webb is a major figure in Shropshire history.

  • sara jones

    Why on earth would someone want to demolish such a beautiful home. I hope this application gets thrown out if the new owners can not see its beauty and historical value maybe they should put it back on the market for someone else to appritiate it. I can not believe such an important build isn’t listed. These people are vandels with money and no morals

  • Janie Mitchell

    Mary Webb was a champion of the Shropshire landscape. Most people who have chosen Shropshire as their home and those from here who choose to remain here, have done so in a large part because of its landscape. Spring Cottage and its surrounding environs are an irreplaceable part of the county’s landscape. Destroying this would be akin to shaving the top off Caer Caradoc or turning Ludlow Castle into a Care Home. In a world of rapid overdevelopment to make a fast buck, we need to save the corners which remind us of a different, more sympathetic way of living. Some might think it’s just an old bungalow. But if that old bungalow was in London, it would have had a blue plaque, a listing and an English Heritage protection order on it decades ago. Wake Up Shropshire. Save your heritage!


    My wifes parents and now ourselves have been living next to the land that Spring Cottage is situated since 1954 and have been amazed at the interest in Mary Webb and where she lived and worked. It would be a sad day if this permission was granted. Shrewsbury through the years has lost so much of its heritage -especialy in the 60’s. In my opinion the Council should purchase the property and turn it into an attraction or offer it to the National Trust.

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