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    Default Home Farm, Beeby, Leicestershire, October 2019


    1. The History
    The Grade II listed farmhouse lies in the Leicestershire village of Beeby. The house dates back to the early 19th Century and is notable for its Flemish bond brickwork and low pitched Swithland slate roof.

    John Davies and his wife, Vicky, were the last residents of the farm and occupied Home Farm for a number of years. Mr Davies was a farmer (possibly dairy) and lived in the house until his death in November 2009. The house then appears to have empty since 2011.

    In October 2014 a planning application for demolition of some of the farm buildings and the extension of the residential buildings was submitted. It was refused in May 2015 and again on appeal in December later that year. The local planning authority was concerned that the development would pay too little regard to the character and appearance of the Beeby Conservation Area and involve the loss of the historic farmyard context

    Currently there is a new planning application pending that looks to convert the site to mixed residential and commercial use. Although it again entails the conversion and extension of the existing farmhouse for residentials use, it includes plans for the conversion of existing farm for commercial use, rather than demolition.

    2. The Explore
    This place has been on my to-do list for a while. It occasionally pops up on the forums, so, with a morning available to explore, I headed over to this picturesque corner of deepest Leicestershire. The house itself is very much on street and overlooked on its left-hand-side. But after a discreet entry I was in and taking pictures. On the whole the house is reasonably dry but there is water ingress in the back bedroom. There’s a lot of stuff that’s been left behind, but sadly the idiots have been in and have smashed the bathrooms up and one of the front bedrooms. God knows why they do this. In other places it’s a little too bit “set up” too. I guess this is always going to be the case with houses where there are lot of personal effects left behind. And due this this, there is an air of sadness about the place too, given this would once have been a cosy and happy farmer’s house. Hopefully, though, the current planning permission will go through and the place will get a new lease of life.

    3. The Pictures

    Street view with Beeby church to the left:

    Beeby 39 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Round the side:

    Beeby 38 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    There are extensive farm buildings:

    Beeby 37 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 36 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 35 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    All ripe for conversion:

    Beeby 34 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In we go.

    Beeby 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The first room is a bit of a mess:

    Beeby 33 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    But the old radio was a bit special:

    img3592 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the bike was very photogenic too:

    Beeby 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 32 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 30 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3595 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3647 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Liked this old print of Conwy Castle in Wales:

    Beeby 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the main lounge:

    Beeby 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Donkey Derby, the game:

    Beeby 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the bucked-toothed donkey from Spain! Hey, that rhymes!

    img3603 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A picture of the local Quorn hunt, just outside the house:

    Beeby 14 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And through to the kitchen:

    Beeby 15 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Someone got to 104!

    img3612 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And a clue that the house has been empty since 2011:

    img3620 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The pantry is a bit on the cluttered side:

    img3613 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 17 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 16 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    The reception room to the right:

    Beeby 20 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Really like the fossilised limestone fireplace:

    Beeby 21 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Up-stairs we go:

    Beeby 25 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 24 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3637 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The back bedroom is pretty damp. But there’s a bit to see in here:

    Beeby 23 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Beeby 22 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    img3631 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Sadly, the idiots have smashed up the front left bedroom:

    Beeby 26 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3635 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The bedroom front right is in better condition:

    Beeby 27 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3642 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And this teddy is crying out for a new home:

    Beeby 28 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3643 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And back downstairs and out to a sort of workshop at the rear of the house:

    img3652 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Despite the mess it's still fairly full of interestingness.
    Umm I'm now back smoking - thanks for that :(

    The fireplace is made of Frosterley Marble. It's not true marble but still called that. There are large deposits in Weardale up in the North Pennines and especially in the Frosterley area. Other examples of it can be found in Durham Cathedral - columns and a large font are made of the stuff. I made myself a bedside lamp and the base is a piece that I polished up.
    Using the marble was a big industry in late Victorian times.
    Full of meaty goodness.

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    The farm was definitely dairy and I think the milking machinery was still in place in early 2010 - hence the Alfa-Laval instruction book in image Beeby 22. Having relatives living nearby, I know the area well.

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    covered by newly installed cctv now

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    Quote Originally Posted by withindelain View Post
    covered by newly installed cctv now
    The cctv was upgraded some time ago when it was properly sealed. needless to say its made no difference!
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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