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January Technology upgraded to include a Bluetooth speaker with state of the art QI charger in the sunroom and a DAB radio also with Bluetooth connectivity in the superking bedroom.
November Kitchen refurbished with new blinds and cushions and feature wall to match the new colour scheme. New 'retro industrial' style ceiling lights fitted in kitchen and breakfast room.
February Single glazed wooden sash windows in the lounge and the bedrooms above it were replaced with custom made UPVC double glazed sash windows to match the existing ones, making them easier to open and maintain and hopefully retaining more heat.
May Drive and paths at the front of the house dug up and replaced with granite chippings with granite sett apron and edges, new slate front door step

Pedestrian gateway into the road re-instated

March New sunroom built onto the back of the cottage where the original patio was. The patio was then moved up the garden and enlarged to about three times the original size and covered in natural slate. The steps have been rebuilt with a shallower pitch and replicated on the opposite side by the back gate. All of these have then been done in slate to match.
February Entertainment upgraded to include Google Chromecast, and Playstation 3

Broadband upgraded from 1.5 Mb to 38 Mb high speed

February Following feedback received, all bedrooms now have blackout curtains/blinds
March Cornish Cream tea now provided on arrival
April Satellite TV installed giving lots more channels and USB input
April Bedroom 3 upgraded from single bed to double bed to allow 3 couples to stay
September Wireless broadband and TalkTalk TV installed also payphone installed at same time 
December Bedroom 2 upgraded from king sized bed to zip-linked superking, bedroom 1 changed from 4 poster to king sized bedroom
January Positive pressure ventilation system installed, cutting down on the amount of condensation in the windows
March New Cooke & Lewis kitchen installed with integrated appliances and ceramic hob, extra fridge put under stairs
June After 6 months of refurbishments and improvements including 2 new bathrooms, we’re finally opened for holiday lettings
December With a fondness for Cornwall for holidays, Hillside was bought by the current owners, Andy & Sharon Laney-Davis, the last owners having owned it for 46 years. After considering about 250 other properties around Cornwall, as we walked down the hill from the church it was ‘love at first sight’. It was bought partly for our own use and partly as a holiday let.
January The top corner of the garden is subject to a compulsory purchase to provide the footpath to the school and Menagwins.
June The garage was added to the side of Hillside
  A pint of milk cost 5p, a loaf of bread cost 9p and the average weekly wage was £32 The average house price was £4,975 Petrol was 7.3p a litre, or 33p a gallon. A trip for two to the cinema cost under 90p and a pint of beer cost 10.7p
January The half-crown coin (2 shillings and 6 pence, or 12 1/2p) ceased to be legal tender in the UK. The half crown was first issued in 1549, in the reign of Edward VI. No half crowns were issued in the reign of Mary, but from the reign of Elizabeth I half crowns were issued in every reign except Edward VIII, until the coins were discontinued in 1967.
June Head of the Conservative Party, Edward Heath becomes Prime Minister with 330 seats to Labour's 288. It was the only occasion since 1945 in which one party with a working majority had been replaced in a single election by another party with a working majority. Heath oversaw the decimalisation of British coinage and in 1972, he implemented major reform to the UK's system of local government.


First music Festival held at Glastonbury. The first festival at Worthy Farm was the "Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival", mounted by Michael Eavis on Saturday 19 September 1970, and attended by 1,500 people. The original headline acts were The Kinks and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders but these acts were replaced at short notice by Tyrannosaurus Rex, later known as T. Rex. Tickets were £1.
November Hillside was altered and extended to it’s current size to make a larger family home
November First Boeing 747 (Jumbo jet) goes into service. It is among the world's most recognizable aircraft and was the first wide-body produced. The original version of the 747 was two and a half times larger in capacity than the Boeing 707, one of the common large commercial aircraft of the 1960s. First flown commercially in 1970, the 747 held the passenger capacity record for 37 years


Gorran School burnt down. This school was the inspiration for the book "School House in the Wind" by Anne Treneer (born in Gorran School house 3 Jan 1891)
  A Picasso fetched £80,000, the highest price ever paid for the work of a living artist. Scotland Yard announced that visitors from abroad who illegally parked in meter zones would be given a polite cautionary leaflet instead of the £2 parking ticket.


Hillside bought by a local Gorran family for the sum of £2350. The family subsequently lived here for 46 years, extending it to suit their growing family.
June Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was only honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force and thus she also became the first civilian to fly in space.


Great Train Robbery' on Glasgow to London mail train in the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. After tampering with line signals, a 15-strong gang of robbers led by Bruce Reynolds attacked the train. 
November Dartford Tunnel opens. It opened in stages: the west tunnel in 1963, the east tunnel in 1980 and the bridge in 1991.The crossing's development started in the late 1930s, but was interrupted due to World War II and resumed in the 1950s. The original tunnel catered for a single lane of traffic in each direction, but rising traffic levels required a second tunnel to be built.


Hillside photographed for the Francis Frith Collection (a framed copy of the photo is on the landing wall of the cottage) You can make out the doors of the original 2 cottages.
  At the Army and Navy Stores in London a wool blanket cost £2 9s 6d (£2.48), and a silver spoon and fork with Coronation hallmark cost £4. A one pint thermos flask cost 8s 6d (42.5p). Train drivers got £8 8s 6d (£8.43) a week. Footballers accepted a maximum weekly wage of £15. Beer was 1 shilling 10 pence (9p) a pint, and the average wage was £9 a week.
February Sweet rationing ends in Britain. Post war rationing of confectionery ended, followed by sugar rationing ending in September of the same year.
May On 29 May 1953, Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Hillary was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.


Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The coronation was delayed for more than a year because of the tradition that such a festival was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the preceding sovereign, King George VI
June Hillside bought as one individual property by Vivienne Shield for the sum of £700

February Nylon first produced on February 28, 1935, by Wallace Carothers at DuPont's research facility at the DuPont Experimental Station. Nylon is one of the most commonly used polymers
March Annie Mahoney inherited ‘Hillside’ from her late father Cornelius
September Land speed record of 301.33 mph set by Malcolm Campbell on Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, in his car Bluebird with it's 2300 hp, 36.7 litre supercharged Rolls Royce V12 engine.

  A loaf of bread cost 5d (2p).  A pound of beef cost 8d (3p).  The average weekly wage was 19 shillings (95p)
April France and UK sign the Entente Cordiale. The signing of the Entente Cordiale marked the end of almost a thousand years of intermittent conflict between the two states and their predecessors. It replaced the modus vivendi that had existed since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 with a more formal agreement.


Cornelius Mahoney, a retired Officer in HM Coastguard, purchases a pair of farm cottages with adjoining premises and associated gardens for the princely sum of £80 from Alfred Wills. The Wills family had lived in the premises for a number of years, appearing on Census records since 1841.
January Anne Treneer the author was born in Gorran School house (just behind Hillside) but sadly it burnt down in 1967 and was rebuilt. She later wrote a book entitled "The Schoolhouse in the Wind" which was about her times in Gorran as a child until 1906.

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