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Thread: Lock Keeper's Cottage, Stenwith (near Grantham), December 2016

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    Default Lock Keeper's Cottage, Stenwith (near Grantham), December 2016


    1. The History
    Won't do the history bit here as you can find that all in the first report I did on this (see link below).

    2. The Explore
    Given time is always so tight I rarely do revisits...let alone second revisits, but this one is local to family so finding myself on a family walk past it and with my camera, Ithought it rude not to revisit this little gem.

    I first visited in September 2014 (report HERE) and then again in December 2015 (report HERE). Hence this was a year on since I was here last.

    Normally you explore a place once. Even if it's trashed you take it as it is. With revisits of some distance apart time-wise, however, you see a place gradually go down hill. On this beautifully crisp and sunny Xmas holiday morning I was looking forward to re-acquaint myself with this delightful rural cottage. Externally everything looked as it was in previous visits. Nothing could prepare me from what lay in-wait for me when I went inside. I'll let the pictures tell the sorry tale.

    3. The Pictures

    In the summer the canal-towpath doesn't give up its secret, but in Winter Lock Keeper's Cottage is obvious to all:

    img9829 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    I'll spare you the extensive out-buildings as I covered these in my second report:

    img9832 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Apart from a cheeky peek at that outside toilet:

    img9833 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    So, on to the cottage itself:

    img9837 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The cupboard in the entrance is looking a bit more shaky:

    img9840 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    But oh my God, nothing could have prepared me for this:

    img9838 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Trashed and shit graffiti everywhere:

    img9839 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    OK - so the range is still there in the dining room:

    img9854 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And in the Kitchen:

    img9848 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The sink was a previous casualty but now with added moronic graff:

    img9843 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    The Window frame is still there sans glass:

    img9846 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the paint still peels:

    img9845 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    But upstairs to the first of the two bedrooms, it ain't pretty. The wrought-iron fireplace has been half-inched:

    img9852 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the wardrobe trashed, plus some crap racist graff:

    img9850 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The second bedroom has escaped bar the trashed door:

    img9851 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This one sort of sums it all up:

    img9849 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    So there you have it. The sad demise of this little cottage. Smashed-up and graffed-up by the yobs. Why do they do it? Lack of brain-cells? Lack of other things to do? Who knows...cause I certainty dont.

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    It's a damned shame but it keeps happening, watching a place getting slowly destroyed by scum is one of the drawbacks of our chosen hobby, screw em, Have a Safe New Years nosing about.
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    The General Store & it's nearby neighbor has been going down the same route as this. Good untouched houses have become really rare. :(
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    That place has gone down, a bit sad compared with your previous reports. I think that this cottage used to be on the market.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    So shocked to see :(
    Have to say I enjoyed my visit in 2014 this is why I never go back :( always a sad ending. Good report an update though HughieD, can't say I'm suprised deep down by it, place is so well known now :(
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    That is a bit sad to see I stopped by here about a year ago after seeing your first report actually. It wasn't exactly in great condition then, but a nice little mooch none the less. Took me ages to get to it as rather typical of me, I approached from the difficult side, and only found the much easier canal route on my way out

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    Shame there are always some tw-ts that will spoil it for everyone.Still you got some decent shots Hughie.

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    That is very sad :(
    ....And worse; i heard a rumour this place has been burnt down :(

    Glad i got to see it when i did
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombat View Post
    That is very sad :(
    ....And worse; i heard a rumour this place has been burnt down :(

    Glad i got to see it when i did
    Oh noooo. That wouldn't surprise me. Will have to check it out next time I'm back over that way.

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    Sad to confirm - big fire at Lock Keepers - burnt-out ruin now. What a waste...

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