Did Shaw Sleep Here?

The house above is Nos 1,2 and 3 Oak Cottages, Cobb Lane, Plymstock. Listed Grade 2. The new owner of No2 is doing some sensitive restoration to this old property.

According to Ivy Langdon in ‘The Plymstock Connection’ it was formerly ‘Gaude’s Tenement House’ with 48 acres of land. By 1842 it had lost its lands. The tenant at this time was a Miss Elizabeth Cobbe [Link to the name Cobb Lane?]. It is also known that around 1891 Mrs Stentiford, the new wife of George Stentiford, Butler to William Cory at Langdon Court, was renting accommodation there.

Local oral history suggests that Aircraftsman Shaw (TE Lawrence) stayed there for brief periods around 1933/34 at the end of his service with the RAF. Despite searches no actual evidence of this has been found. It would be good to confirm this and to do this some form of documentary proof is needed. If you have, or know of any such evidence do please let me know at webadmin@plymvalleyheritage.org