Watchmaker's Cottage - Northamptonshire

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The Coopers

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New to this site - so this is our first location report.........if you have any suggestions on how we can improve our posts, please feel free to comment:D

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Have driven past the building several times, on a country road in Northamptonshire. Always looked quiet, and so one weekend we decided to take a closer look.
Surprisingly the building hasn't been vandalised, and there's a lot of personal effects still dotted around the house. It's quite sad that family photographs have just been strewn all over the barn and garage floors - but it did give us the opportunity to find out some more about the owner.


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After finding some documents on our visit, we returned home and researched the property. This was owned by a gentleman who (depending on which report you read) came over from Ukraine or Romania during WW2. He became an antiques dealer and watchmaker in London, where he ran a very successful shop..........until the Inland Revenue caught up with him!! After being forced to sell his shop, he moved to Northamptonshire, where he continued his work from this cottage until his death.
The property was then subject to a bitter legal battle between his two sons - as the gentleman's will had been altered in his latter years in favour of one of the sons. Following a court ruling that the property proceeds should be halved, the house was sold and planning permission granted to demolish the house and build a new property on the land. This however was 2 years ago, and the cottage has just been left ever since.........it's such a beautiful place with amazing views, we hope it can be bought and restored NOT destroyed


Outside Photos
P1060746 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060741 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060735 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060677 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060732 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr

Inside Photos:
P1060680 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060689 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060686 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060700 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060725 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060738 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
P1060727 by Susan Cooper, on Flickr
 
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The Wombat

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Big yes to this; A really interesting report
Love the pool, and the nackered old golf (It was my first car)
The history is interesting too... Good work, and thanks for sharing
 

Hugh Jorgan

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Big yes to this; A really interesting report
Love the pool, and the nackered old golf (It was my first car)
The history is interesting too... Good work, and thanks for sharing

That knackered VW Golf was your first car? I hope you've progressed on to something better.
 

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Excellent report, being from Northants I wouldn't mind a look at this.
Hound dog believes its a jetta so even better :D
 

The Coopers

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Was indeed a Jetta..........think it's a non-runner!!
Let us know if you want more details on this place.........and if you know of any other quirky places around the area, we'd love to hear from you. Currently a new member - so can't PM at the moment
 

Becky1983

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Was indeed a Jetta..........think it's a non-runner!!
Let us know if you want more details on this place.........and if you know of any other quirky places around the area, we'd love to hear from you. Currently a new member - so can't PM at the moment
Would love to go to this place could you tell me were it is
 

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