Why The Red House Became The White Cottage

Those who have followed the campaign and the history of Nethercote will recall our blog about how Laus Fuchs is said to have handed over the secret formula of the atom bomb to a Russian spy in 1945 on a bench in Nethercote. You may remember that this took place near to The Red House, which is now called The White Cottage! Perhaps, you may wonder why the change of colour & name!

In 1963, The cottage known as The Red House had become derelict and was offered for sale by auction as “an ideal subject for modernisation”

The lady who bought the house, Corrine Dennison, found communist literature in the property and had visits from Russians in 1964 and 1965. She found this disturbing and as part of the modernisation the house was therefore repainted and renamed The White Cottage.

Even some years after reselling the property, and shortly before her death in 2006, Corrine was still fearful and unwilling to talk publicly about the property or her experiences

During her time in Nethercote, Corrine planted an abundance of daffodils and snowdrops along the lane that still today, bloom every spring!

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