Wiltshire magazine's glimpse behind the door

Readers have been given a rare insight into Alfred Williams's boyhood home, thanks to Wiltshire, the glossy county magazine.

Its June/July 2012 issue features a three-page spread on Rose Cottage, nowly proudly owned by Rupert Burt and his wife Kate.

They bought the house in July 2007, unaware that local hero Alfred had spent his formative years in it from age six until his marriage in 1903, 20 years later.

The article tells the story of their discovery of the house's then-hidden history and their efforts to restore as much of the cottage's character as possible, yet still make it a comfortable modern home.

The article was written by Fiona Scott, whose short film about Alfred and his book, Villages of the White Horse, was broadcast on BBC West in March 2012.

The magazine is available at various outlets around the county. See the official website for more information.

The photos below show Rose Cottage owner Rupert Burt, reporter Fiona Scott and photographer Sabine Coe preparing the feature.

See also:

Poems written in Rose Cottage by Alfred's sister

A Letter From Rose Cottage, 1918