High Street 167, "Peg Woffington Cottage"
Road: High Street, Teddington
Listed grade II (1952)
This is the end house (at the eastern end) of a terrace of three double fronted cottages often known as Peg Woffington Cottages, although the plaque with the date 1759 and the legend Peg Woffington Cottage is between this house and no. 165. "Peg Woffington was a famous 18th century Irish actress who started her career in Dublin. She is believed to have lived at Teddington Place for a few years and to have entertained David Garrick there. She collapsed on stage and died at the early age of 40 in 1760. She was buried in St Mary's Church where there is a memorial plaque dedicated to her." From "A Walk in Teddington" by Paddy Ching. Peg Woffington may have lived at nos. 165-167. The cottages became derelict in the early 20th century when the tramway was built along the High Street and these, along with a number of other houses, lost a part of their front gardens. Demolition was suggested but this idea caused much controversy and the cottages were saved.
The listing description for all three houses (contradicting the mid-18th century date on the plaque) is:
"Early C18 terrace. 2-storeys and attic. Each 4 windows wide with 2 dormers. Tiled roof with eaves. Brick built with first floor band course. No. 165/7 known as Peg Woffington Cottage with plaque bearing date 1759. Two-light, flush framed casement windows. Segmental heads to ground floor."
The detailed Historic England entry can be found at:
© Historic England 1952. The National Heritage List Text Entries contained in this material were obtained on 15/7/13. The most publicly available up to date National Heritage List Text Entries can be obtained from http://www.historicengland.org.uk'
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