Maybe built for the Collector of Customs
This little one-storey cottage appears in one of two drawings of 1838 by Mary Ann Heaven, William Heaven's sister.
Close to the Old Light, it probably dates from the same time and may have been built to accommodate Mr Grant, the Collector of Customs at Barnstaple, who was also the Trinity House agent. It is built of roughcast stone with a slate roof.
According to Tony Langham, "before the days of steam ships it was usual to build a small house for use by the Agent when making his periodical visits to isolated stations, when departures could be delayed by bad weather. The building had its own well in front and sewer at the back. There are several enclosures behind Stoneycroft and two of these were used as tennis courts in the 1930s."
When Mr Miles rented the Old Light from 1897, he installed his caretakers, Mr and Mrs Williams, in Stoneycroft. It afterwards housed other island staff.
Converted to a holiday cottage
In 1988 Landmark converted Stoneycroft into a holiday cottage for four people. The porch was removed and the sitting room and main bedroom swapped places.
For a short history of Lundy please click here.
To read the full history album for Lundy please click here.
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