"The photos were taken in Hardingstone sometime in 1889. We have no clue
where in Hardingstone they may have been taken, but it would almost
certainly have been somewhere other than High Street. The cottage
appears to have a small medallion near the upper story window with the
number 7 on it.
The people in the photo of the cottage, from left to right, are Alice
Maria Adams (1872-1922), Maria Shipp Collins (1824-1906), and Ann Maria
Collins Adams (1854-1929). The other group photo is taken in the garden
of the cottage. In her letter, Ann Collins Adams states that the arch
is “of the house opposite”, so presumably is above the door to the house
on the other side of the street from their cottage. The three women in
the group portrait are three generations:: Ann Collins Adams (daughter
of Maria), Maria Shipp Collins (mother of Ann), and Alice Maria Adams
(daughter of Ann).
I am of the view that the cottage no longer exists. But some person with
a good knowledge of the history and access to historical photos may be
able to determine where the cottage once stood."
UPDATE MAY 29,2014 thanks to Richard Ceely.
Number 77 (Collins family,
Hardingstone) two photos - both are now where 58 Back Lane
(my home) is.
(1) My bungalow was built in 1956
and the cottage on the right in the picture (collins photo 2
before and after) was demolished some time before that - the
medallion on the wall is probably an insurance plaque? The
cottage on the left, together with the thatched cottage just
seen further down the lane, was demolished later in the 1970s to
make way for number 60 next door. Where I am standing on the new
photo is approximately where the girl on the right was standing
in the old photo.
(2) The other photo (collins photo 1
before and after) with the three generations in the garden, with
the gate behind - as you can see from the new photo the gate is
still in existence and is the garden entrance to the house
opposite mine in Back Lane.
(Surnames) Hall Family,
This building is still in existence
as you can see from the new photo (hall shop now) - sadly the
shop entrance has gone and been made wider. This is immediately
left of The Sun public house in High Street and was recently
converted to mews style accommodation - what was then known as
Halls Yard is now called Stent Mews.
Hope this helps in some small way.