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.