Holdenby Witches House

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Yes yes I know I shouldnt be out exploring but as as seasoned explorer & NEBOSH trained H & S guy I risk assessed this & thought yeah Im more likely to get injured in my half renovated house at home.

So as some of u will know I like birds & wildlife photography & I did a highly recommended falconry day at Holdenby Hall some years ago & vaguely remember this place. but then completely forgot about it! Another long distance isolation walk led me right by this so would of been rude not to.

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What is this place then? I genuinely have no idea & cant find any history. It looks like a tudor build but Im guessing its much newer & was just a folly to the hall.

Despite the furniture & bed Im also doubt full that anyone has actually ever lived in it.

There is not much in here but its a pretty quirky place though & I enjoyed a few mins having a nose!

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You Can see the stands here where birds are flown from

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After I popped down to the beautiful All Saints church which unfortunately was locked up but the graffeti in the porch was interesting enough!

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Hi there,

I built this house along with a crew of living history re-enactors back in the early - late 1990’s. The group was called the Holdenby Guard. We weren’t affiliated to any of the main ECW societies. We had a lot of fun experimenting with various historical building techniques!

sad to see it looking so derelict. Perhaps I’ll add that to my list of things ‘to do!!’
 

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Hi there,

I built this house along with a crew of living history re-enactors back in the early - late 1990’s. The group was called the Holdenby Guard. We weren’t affiliated to any of the main ECW societies. We had a lot of fun experimenting with various historical building techniques!

sad to see it looking so derelict. Perhaps I’ll add that to my list of things ‘to do!!’

Wow thats pretty amazing. what was its purpose then? was it to be used as a prop for something?
It must of been fun to build & its holding up pretty well considering
 

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An old original estate workers cottage - The rope bed indicates that this place may have been lived in by one of the 100's of ex WW1 soldiers who roamed about these parts and the New Forest after WW1. The items on the table are certainly from that period.
"An old original estate workers cottage...." Later postings show this not to be the case. Perhaps it is wrong to assume anything is what it appears to be. A somewhat disturbing thought when most of life is based on taking what one sees as being genuine and true.
 

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Wow thats pretty amazing. what was its purpose then? was it to be used as a prop for something?
It must of been fun to build & its holding up pretty well considering
Hi - yeah it was pretty cool. There was a bunch of us who took part in historical re-enactment round then. We had about 20 -25 members. We used to do living history in the house and the grounds over a weekend. Sleep over in the house on a Saturday night was always fun! We made the furniture (including that bed!) and did all the wattle and daubing ourselves.

we had a few outbuildings including a dugout house (Viking style) but I guess that would have fallen in by now!!
 

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Very well done! Presumably you had some inkling of the immediate post WW1 history of this area? However; it is a shame that what you have done actually belittles those dozens of poor, traumatised WW1 solders, who wandered about those parts for a long time after the War ended. No understanding of PTSD back then and the few books written about these poor souls make horrific reading in modern times.
 
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Very well done! Presumably you had some inkling of the immediate post WW1 history of this area? However; it is a shame that what you have done actually belittles those dozens of poor, traumatised WW1 solders, who wandered about those parts for a long time after the War ended. No understanding of PTSD back then and the few books written about these poor souls make horrific reading in modern times.
Indeed that was a hundred years ago. Fifty years ago the term PTSD had not been invented, but shell shock and "the shakies" were well known. I'm currently in touch with a fellow ex-soldier who had several close escapes from terrorist attacks when serving in Aden. He told me of his suffering from "the shakies" - the result of the accumulation of the attacks - and was posted home. Somewhat different from what happened in WWi.
 

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Er... we were Tudor/Stuart reenactors... this is a recreation of cruck framed, wattle and daub house from mid 17th century. Not to belittle the suffering that anyone from history has gone through - reenactment of daily life can help us to empathise with the difficulties our ancestors faced with day to day living and just how lucky we are to have some of our modern luxuries (eg hot water).

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Er... we were Tudor/Stuart reenactors... this is a recreation of cruck framed, wattle and daub house from mid 17th century. Not to belittle the suffering that anyone from history has gone through - reenactment of daily life can help us to empathise with the difficulties our ancestors faced with day to day living and just how lucky we are to have some of our modern luxuries (eg hot water).

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Absolutely, I wasnt going to say it myself but this has nothing to do with WW1 so far as I can see!
 

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