The story behind this cottage in Herstmonceux is that the property was owned by two elderly ladies who were possibly Methodists but certainly were anti alcohol. When the property over the road to them opened as the Brewers Arms they were not amused and planted an cotoneaster which was clipped into shape to read Praise the Lord and to make all aware of their dislike of a drinking establishment so close to their home.
Like many stories that get passed down I am not sure which parts are correct and which parts have been ebellished; the Brewers Arms has been around since the 15th century (or so it claims) so either the Methodist ladies were very very old or it was already a pub when they moved into the property.
Regardless of this it became well known throughout Sussex and coach tours would deviate to show the it to the tourists and the cottage became known as Praise the Lord Cottage. It was like that for many years but eventually the house sold in 1957 and the new owners found that the plant had died and had it removed. The granddaughter of the previous owners apparently was so unhappy about this that she placed a curse on the new owners!! The curse seems to have had little effect on the new owners who lived their until the 1980s and renamed the property as Cotoneaster Cottage.
The cottage even had a poem written about it which begins:
Down in Sussex, green and sweet,
In village quaint of Gardner Street,Stands a dwelling, clean and neat.
" Praise the Lord."
The property is still there although it looks very different now, in the last few decades it has been a bakery, a tearoom, an estate agents, a home interiors shop and is currently a hairdressers.