Early to mid 19th Century cottage of continuous outhouse type. Grade II listed. Built of flint and brick and is one of three cottages built in a similar style. EXTERNAL FEATURES Originally this building had two storeys at the front and one storey at the back with a continuous roof slope. At this time the construction was of faced random flint with brick quoins, the gables were capped with brick. The roof may have been of slate as this still sheaths the front of the dwellings roof. At a later date an extra storey was constructed at the rear in brick on top of the existing flint walls and the rear slope of the roof was sheathed in tiles. The new brick brickwork is in english garden bond. The openings have segmental brick arches except for two small windows at the rear which have flint brick header courses. The boundary walls are of flint with brick capping. Unusually there are no vertical bands of brickwork in the front wall, the flint work is well coursed. There is a washhouse? at the bottom of the garden, this is more recent as it is not shown on the mid 19th century map still held by the Trust. Outbuilding/Washhouse This is half shared with No.20. The building has a gabled roof with clay tiles. The walls are of round flint laid in courses with brick quoins. The interior was not seen. INTERNAL FEATURES The doors are ledged and battened with thumb latches. The east end bedroom has a cast iron fireplace with a round headed opening, and mantelshelf. The rear rooms have sloping ceilings which are apparently called Skilling. There is a step up to the door at the bottom of the stairs which come to a landing one step below the bedroom floors. The living room fireplace has an original surround, with a mantelshelf, but the opening has been reduced in size with brick. F Jones was informed by the previous tenant that when the old interior of the fireplace had been cleared out a series of horizontal bars had been found spanning the fire opening evidently for suspending meat while it was smoked. The present west end of the living room has been partitioned off, where there had been hooks in the ceiling. Evidently it had been used as a smoked meat store. The internal chimney stack is surprisingly large. The store with external entry is interesting. (Why?) PRESENT DAY AND PREVIOUS USE Continues in its original function. LANDSCAPE VALUE Although not overlooked by either of the main routes through the village any changes would have a major impact upon the value of this and Nos.18 & 20. MARTIN HIGGINS REPORT This section of Dyers Lane does perhaps, illustrate the character of Slindon better than any other. The flint work and brick dressings of number 19 harmonise with those of its neighbours so naturally it is as if the scene has never changed. 19 Dyers Lane was, in fact, probably the last of the three cottages to be built. It is set slightly further from the road than its neighbours and was apparently built in what was once the corner of a field. The field was subsequently divided up to form the back gardens of Ember Cottage, Cedar house and No. 19 itself. A mid 19th century map still held by the National Trust shows this quite clearly, before the walls enclosing the back garden were constructed. This type of cottage is called a continuous outshot house, one of the most popular small house forms in Slindon. 18 Dyers Lane is dated 1805, No.19 is later than this but was complete by the mid 19th century, a precise date may be determined later using archive material. In common with many others the continuous single storey outshot has been built up to give extra headroom in the back bedrooms. This alteration would seem to have taken place later here than elsewhere since brick was used rather than the traditional flint. Internally the fireplaces and many other fittings have survived. In the chimney there still remain bars from which to hang meat for drying and smoking. The western portion of what is now the living room was previously partitioned off as a pantry with metal hooks set into the ceiling joists, again for hanging meat. The plan remains essentially as the house was built, despite minor essential alterations some years ago to provide the cottage with standard facilities. In the back garden is a semi-detached wash-house which straddles the wall to Ember Cottage. It is not shown on the mid-nineteenth century map, but must have been built soon after.