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BikinGlynn

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Hasn't appeared for a few weeks so thought Id share my take on this little gem.

I would love to credit this find to myself however the watchmakers appeared on here a while back and I am ashamed to say I needed a bit of help with location. Thanks to the coopers this help came forthwith!
However once located it was with mixed emotions that I realised I sat outside this nearly a year ago trying to decide if it was derelict.
According to prev posts this has been unoccupied for several years BUT I walked the fence line on that visit to be met with a barking dog, which in turn led my old dog to shout back from inside my van so a hasty retreat was made!
So is the history correct? Im not really disputing but maybe this fella was left there as a guard for a time.

It is certainly true that the owner was a clock / watch maker & the engineering artefacts particularly appealed to me. The story goes that the house was inherited then sold off for development where it has not moved for 2 years!
This is ludicrous, the house is structurally pretty good and while I found the building itself a bit of an odd set up it dose have just about the best views in the area you could hope for.

The Explore

The pics are over 2 visits, the first made with my young lad which was very relaxed explore.
The second was with my girlfriend who had agreed to do something "different" for an Easter Sun treat. Now she is the sort of lady who really doesn't like to get in trouble, so I explained the morals of our pastime & convinced her it would be really relaxed & no one would be about on Easter anyway.
Of course the inevitable happened, we were playing cat and mouse with a farmer and our escape eventually led to us jumping through a hedge and walking casually past said farmer playing all innocent lol.
Fortunately we had spent a good time in there & were ready to leave anyway at this point.
I am however disappointed to say things appeared to of gone walk about between my 2 visits of barely 2 week gaps. I really hope this place stays under wraps for as long as possible before the inevitable plundering starts.

On with the pic, I have tried to keep these a bit different from prev reports. Enjoy!


33968253883_e78da9650e_h.jpgIMG_4789 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34391820670_83cd633992_h.jpgIMG_5263 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


33935649194_28112491e4_h.jpgIMG_5278 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34614895372_f9eaacb09f_h.jpgIMG_5236 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


33935245154_fb72faeea4_h.jpgIMG_4949 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34614860472_c094463900_h.jpgIMG_5215 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


33935420984_e45d914218_h.jpgIMG_5200 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34614739152_1d619b1417_h.jpgIMG_5173 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34736699626_9bec4a319f_h.jpgIMG_4812 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34777114285_482341026d_h.jpgIMG_5187 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


33935388724_475de7d91e_h.jpgIMG_5184 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34391767180_72d292218b_h.jpgIMG_5246 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


33968660113_01191451ee_h.jpgIMG_5250 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr

34391854460_94652c5f0f_h.jpgIMG_5285 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34645256861_d34ee49c33_h.jpgIMG_5289 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34614858782_e74d66cb0a_h.jpgIMG_5207 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34391468530_cf0c9d08c8_h.jpgIMG_4868 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


34736732596_3898486b5c_h.jpgIMG_4858 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


33968244433_ec05ae8b02_h.jpgIMG_4786 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr


I couldn't resist another one of this though!
34391599600_c55f838ecd_h.jpgIMG_5174 by Bikin Glynn, on Flickr

Plenty more here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/149212758@N08/with/34391599600/
 

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Nicely Captured captured Bikinglynn :eagerness:

I wonder if it was Mince that was barking?

Funny thing i was just looking some of my photos from here.
 

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Was that u been in "staging" things between my 2 visits jsp?
looked like it was just explorers been in, but as mentioned one of the singers appears to of gone already which is a shame!
 

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That's a few photos that were not taken in previous posts so that makes your post interesting. I noticed a photo of a dog and two children, so I take it that the dog must be Mince. I couldn't make out the brand name of the typewriter because I wanted to see how old it is.
 

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That's a few photos that were not taken in previous posts so that makes your post interesting. I noticed a photo of a dog and two children, so I take it that the dog must be Mince. I couldn't make out the brand name of the typewriter because I wanted to see how old it is.

There is loads of photos of children & dogs which gives a saddening feel.
There was some of a dalmation in the house which , having to say goodbye to our dalmation in a marriage split last year I found particularly interesting.
There is at least 3 dog beds in the house & stacks of old dog food bags, so I would say there was more than one...perhaps Mince did something wrong to get stuck out in the yard :orange:
 

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I enjoyed your take on it Glynn, the external shots were a bonus, Thanks
 

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That is a really nice take on this lovely place. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.
 

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Typewriter is an Underwood's Standard number 5, made in various forms from mid '20's.

'perhaps Mince did something wrong to get stuck out in the yard' - Not necessarily. Judging the time line from the photographic evidence; if Mince was a large dog, it was very common to have such a dog loose in the grounds at night. Especially in out of the way places. We had a flock of Geese and two Lakelands roaming the immediate land around the family farm. Guaranteed to warn off and warn you at the same time of any trespassers!
 

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Typewriter is an Underwood's Standard number 5, made in various forms from mid '20's.

'perhaps Mince did something wrong to get stuck out in the yard' - Not necessarily. Judging the time line from the photographic evidence; if Mince was a large dog, it was very common to have such a dog loose in the grounds at night. Especially in out of the way places. We had a flock of Geese and two Lakelands roaming the immediate land around the family farm. Guaranteed to warn off and warn you at the same time of any trespassers!
Attached is photo of one for sale.
 

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Hi, is this place still there, I don’t get out much but my son said he would do a photo shoot for me, he is my eyes .
 

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Great to see the old Underwood. It's been 65 years since I learned to type, I bet I could still find my way around it despite now using a computer. :)
I had a Mettoy or similar name toy typewriter as a boy. In 1959 I progressed to Underwoods and Imperials as a Movement Control Clerk in the Royal Engineers. In 1962 I was bashing out letters in a tent in Aden! Then it was on to electric typewriters including a golfball typesetter's machine on which I could vary the leading (gap between lines) and pitch (gap between letters). Then came a machine with its built in eraser tape. Now I'm on a computer keyboard, and less careful knowing I can always delete any errors. Progress?
 

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