Saturday, 26 March 2011

Attention hopeless romantics

Go on then. Buy it. Agent here (no connection).


lilith said...

I lived in a converted church for three years. Norman tower, the rest a Victorian rebuild. Lovely in the summer....bit of a mill stone in terms of maintenance,repairs, heating oil and firewood. My landlord wouldn't do anything in the garden in case he dug up some bones! There was a sealed crypt under the kitchen....oooherrr.

Anonymous said...

I would but I don't have the money.

English Pensioner said...

Don't fancy the garden

hopeless romantic said...

I had managed to find it but thanks for the link anyway.

The essential is not to think of converting it to a house in the usual sense but rather how to live in the existing spaces.

The asking price of just under £200k is the least of the obstacles; I imagine restoration would add at least a million, and if I were doing it I would end up with East Anglia's most expensive studio. But what a project; preserving the historic structure and realising a fantasy at the same time. I would even look after the graves.

I suppose the CofE has built some hideous glass and concrete hutch somewhere nearby complete with multicultioutreach centre and cafe. Shame on it for not taking care of its, and our, heritage properly.

Span Ows said... per Anon, I would if I could and in contrast to EP the garden could be fantastic. My family currently live next door to a St. James in Somerset, overlooking the grave stones etc; it is really quite beautiful. Such a shame, just look at those pews! They could fetch a good price if a local woodworker/DIY/carpenter/whatever gave them some time and love.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Interesting roof - more pictures please!

And whose is the rather splendid tomb/memorial on the South side of the nave?

So much history just going to waste...

Presumably too, it's infested with bats, which as everyone knows are more important than people and cannot be inconvenienced in any way.

Raedwald said...

WY - It's the tomb-chest of Sir Richard Fulmerston. He died in 1567 and left a number of requests and bequests, most of which his heirs ignored, preferring to squander his legacy.

He left money to found Thetford Grammar School, to pay a preacher in perpetuity and to endow almshouses for the poor. He also wanted a tomb in the North chapel of St Mary's. What they gave him was a tomb-chest in the south nave. The town had to go to court to wrest the money for his other bequests from his heirs (see )

He did rather well from monastic land in the town he bought at dissolution, so perhaps he was trying to make amends.