The Laundry House
Jill and Bill came to live at the Laundry House in 1996 having previously lived in Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Warwickshire, North Devon and Cambridge. They moved to Northamptonshire when Jill was appointed Headteacher at Fairfields School in Northampton. Bill is an independent planning consultant and works all over the south of England. The other resident at the Laundry House is a two year old black labrador called Fern. In their leisure time Bill enjoys gardening and walking with Fern, and Jill sings with Cambridge Voices. Together they enjoy frequent visits to their favourite destination, the Isles of Scilly.
Jill and Bill have two grown up children. Jenni is a double bass player in the BBC Symphony Orchestra and lives in London, and Ben, who is a business development manager for Johnson and Johnson and lives in Harpenden.
In August 2001 Jenni had a wonderful Ecton wedding. She married another musician, Rob Workman and, needless to say, music played a big part in the day. Rob and Jenni were married in Ecton church and friends and family celebrated their marriage in a marquee erected on the lawn in front of Ecton Hall (by kind permission of the board of Ecton Hall).
As far as is known the original Laundry House did not have a first floor and staircase. There are still traces of it's use as the laundry with pulley wheels in the the roof space. The wonderful double height windows at the front of the house remain unimpeded thanks to a sensitive conversion into a residential property. The new first floor rooms open onto a balcony which is set back from the windows. The sharp eyed passer by may well notice the favoured look out positions of Fern, either looking through the rails on the balcony or perched on the half landing of the stairs. She has become adept at recognising residents of the courtyard and only barking at visitors!
Jill and Bill are always interested in finding out more about their house and about the Hall and other associated buildings. At a party in the village sometime years ago one resident of the village put forth the opinion that the Laundry had once been used as a school. Perhaps you can shed some light on this?