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Cotons Cottage

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Originally built around 1864 by labourer Bentley Coton for himself and his wife Sarah Jane, Cotons’ Cottage is a cob house museum in a rural setting that tells a story of a 19th century small-holding in Canterbury. The Hororata Historical Society opens the Cottage and the nearby Museum on-site on fine Sunday afternoons. Bentley Coton and his wife bought 50 acres of land at Hororata on the Canterbury Plains. Coton built a small cob cottage that originally consisted of five rooms including an attic bedroom.

The property was subsequently purchased by the Oliver family in 1927 and it remained in the family until the 1970s. The cottage was uninhabited throughout this time, and gradually fell into disrepair. In 1971, the owners offered the cottage and a quarter acre of surrounding land to the government as a reserve. Cotons’ Cottage became a historic reserve three years later, and the day-to-day management of the reserve was transferred to the Hororata Historical Society.

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