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A solitary woman who asked for little and wasted even less.
on 13 June 2010
May Savidge owned and lived in part of a 500 year old house, in Ware, Herts. When a decision was taken, finally, to demolish the house (not because it was old, but because in the 1960's the fun of building new ring roads, roundabouts etc was all the rage!) Miss Savidge would not let this piece of history go. Almost single handedly, after buying the other half, she took the entire building apart, and had it transported, beam by beam, to Norfolk, where she had bought a building plot. For the next 23 years,following her retirement, she struggled daily, again with very little help, to rebuild her piece of English history. This is only half the story. When the author and her husband inherited the house on Miss Savidge's death, it, and the caravan in which she had lived in dreadful conditions whilst getting the house ready to move into, was packed to the ceilings (literally) with a record of her life. She threw nothing away. She used the top flaps of boxes which had contained washing power, cereals, etc to write shopping lists and notes, which were also retained after use: the boxes themselves where used as filing systems full of copy letters, little notebooks, diaries etc. The house was also full of odd peices of furniture, picked up throughout her life in case they were "suitable for the house". So she had not only left behind the house, a small and possibly unique Hall House, but also a record of a life. It took another eight years for the author to finish the task Miss Savidge had set herself, paid for in part by the sale of some of the odd things found in the house. A fascinating inside view of a tiny piece of history -and a little gem.