Crowe Street cottages were built to house workers on the Abbot’s Hall Estate. Unremarkable in themselves they are the point where Abbot’s Hall, its Farm and the town of Stowmarket meet.
The cottages were given to the Museum in the mid 1970’s. Mrs Emily Wilding, the last person to live here, gave most of the furniture and personal items that you will see in the rooms in her cottage. She was married to Fred Wilding, the last horseman at Abbot’s Hall farm, and ran the dairy from a back room for many years.
Before she left the cottages the museum sat down and recorded Mrs Wilding talking about her life, her home, and the different people who had lived there over the years. These recordings have been vital in helping us to recreate the Wilding’s home, as well as providing a rich record of the lives of ordinary people. Excerpts from these recordings can be heard below.