As you walk up Tanners Lane towards the Leys you will see Naws cottage just past the barn of May farm. To people of a certain age this is best remembered as the surgery for Doctor Swan in the late 1960s. Hence the name of the cottage (Swan backwards ...geddit !). It is one of the five houses in the Wine Walk of August 2018 and the following is the result of research carried out at this time. 

The cottage originally consisted of four houses (tenements) and dates from the early C19th. On the 1824 rates map you can see three named occupants, one of the cottages being unoccupied. All  houses were owned by Sarah Halford. By the 1884 OS map, little of the house seems to have changed.

maws cottage map 1824

 map of tanners lane 1884

Sept 4th 1922. Cottages bought  A.J .Slack

From William Fowler of 67 Briar St., Nottm.

To Alfred Josiah Slack and Mary Charlotte Slack, his wife.

Price £200. Two (formerly) four cottages, with outbuildings, yards etc. fronting Tanners Lane.   One in occupation of Spencer and the other unoccupied. Area one rood.

Nov 2nd 1931. Cottages bought by A.L. Slack

From Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Josiah Slack, formerly of 221 Bobbers Mill Road Nottm but now of Bottesford, Leics and Mary Charlotte Slack, his wife.

To Arthur Leslie Slack of Tanners Lane, pattern maker, and Lilian Slack, his wife.

Price £150. Two (formerly) four cottages, with outbuildings, yards etc. fronting Tanner’s Lane. 

March 21st 1936. Land bought by A.L. Slack

land sale 1939 Tanners Lane Wigston to A.L. Slack 001

1939 register.

Arthur Slack, pattern maker, and Mary Slack in 20 Tanners Lane. The Spencers renting number 18 – Walter, retired knitter and Charlotte, with Norah (to become Norah Dakin) and David and Vina, later to live in Cross Street. 

1939 register 18 20 tanners lane

1960s before new estate

You can see in centre, May Farm and surrounds. 18-20 Tanner’s Lane is seen to right of the Dutch barn, a milking parlour and food store. Farmer was Bill Parker (you can see his Ford Zephyr). Cottage in front is no longer there - Mrs (Ada?) Hunt. Next to that is old Primitive Methodist Chapel.


1960s. New houses on Tanners Lane


 Sept 14th 1970. Part of land sold for building

Note added to the 1931 conveyance says seen by Northern Ideal Homes Ltd., purchasers of the S.E. part of the described property i.e the square area to the left on above 1936 map, later to be site of houses on Anchor Lane leading down to Nightingale Avenue.

maws cottage 2 doors 

Doctor Swan.

Part of house was used as his Hathern surgery in the late 1960s before his sudden death. His main surgery was in Sutton Bonnington Hall. This is why the house is renamed Maws cottage - Swan backwards – geddit ! You can see some of his medicine bottles still in the house. 

doctor swan 001


Sale in 1977. £11,000

 A pair of cottages "offering scope for modernisation and conversion". 


Today. Now one house following many years of conversion. May Farm to side and houses up to Anchor Lane.

aerial view leys now

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