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Thread: Oakhurst House, Ambergate, Derbys, June 2015

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    [QUOTE=tumble1;30874 I hope someone rescues this house.[/QUOTE]



    Sadly they will need very deep pockets - this place is a classic example of mid to late 1800's jerry building - make it fine and grand on the outside and to hell with foundations and interior structures. Nothing to do with the builder, more to do with how much money his client was prepared to put into the scheme - one can find examples of similar properties constructed at around the same time by the same firm, with one a collapsed ruin and the other a habitable dry abandoned country house. All to do with quality and depth of foundations and quality of roofing and flashings.

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    Visited this fine house many times over the years got a soft spot for it but too far gone to save now sadly. Recently while waiting at Derby bus station got talking to a old lady and who so happens to mention Oakhurst House. It turns out the ladies mother worked for the Johnson family as a maid. Her mother worked for the family for quite a few years and had a collection of photos of the house in its prime. I would have really liked to have seem them as I bet Oakhurst was a stunner in its time. After the Johnston family sold Oakhurst House a lady American millionaire brought it and lived their for a time she later moved out. The house after been empty for a time was sold to some monks who used it as a retreat ( I don't which order brought it) after the monks departed the house yet again was left empty until some business people brought it and was turned into flats. If you look at the bow window next to the tower on the front you can see a fine plaster ceiling but a petition spilts the room. This business idea failed flat on its face no one wanted to live that far out so the residents left by 1980 it was but abandoned and left to fall into the present ruin.

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    An absolute architectural gem!
    Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironsky View Post
    Visited this fine house many times over the years got a soft spot for it but too far gone to save now sadly. Recently while waiting at Derby bus station got talking to a old lady and who so happens to mention Oakhurst House. It turns out the ladies mother worked for the Johnson family as a maid. Her mother worked for the family for quite a few years and had a collection of photos of the house in its prime. I would have really liked to have seem them as I bet Oakhurst was a stunner in its time. After the Johnston family sold Oakhurst House a lady American millionaire brought it and lived their for a time she later moved out. The house after been empty for a time was sold to some monks who used it as a retreat ( I don't which order brought it) after the monks departed the house yet again was left empty until some business people brought it and was turned into flats. If you look at the bow window next to the tower on the front you can see a fine plaster ceiling but a petition spilts the room. This business idea failed flat on its face no one wanted to live that far out so the residents left by 1980 it was but abandoned and left to fall into the present ruin.
    That's great background info mate. Would love to see those pix. Couldn't find a single archived picture of the place on the Web.

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    I love those 'dangerous structure signs'
    That is a majestic building from the outside, Sad state inside
    Good work Hughie :)
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    What a beautiful house! Such a shame to see it in such a state

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    [IMG]oakhurst1.jpeg[/IMG]
    I have found a picture when it was still a family home. Not sure how to upload to this site though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morphlet View Post
    [IMG]oakhurst1.jpeg[/IMG]
    I have found a picture when it was still a family home. Not sure how to upload to this site though.
    Be nice to see that. PM me it via this site and I'll post it up via my Flickr account...

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    Nice photos Hughie, think I have a photo of me in the bath tub ha ha

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