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Report - Bessingham Manor, Norfolk, July 2011

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Keitei, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Keitei

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    This was a really nice explore, kinda humbling - especially after being there personally and then reading the history behind it.

    ~ History
    It was built in 1870 for Spurral Family who had extensive farming connections all over Suffolk. The manor orginally had 52acres but this was reduced to 5.
    In 1952 Mr R Gamble acquired the house but unfortunately could not keep up with maintaining the place.

    There is an interesting debate going on here with the current owner and a member of the Spurral family also participating.

    The manors future is uncertain but this is what the place could look like if time and money was invested, reminds me of a cluedo game mat. :D
    - but if something like this could be done then that would be great!

    Visited with Existential and 2wid.
    Access was interesting - as usual, but once we were in the size, level of decay and personal items left soon became very apparent to us.

    This photo doesn't do the place justice...
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    One of the 12 bedrooms - this one seemed to belong to the Gamble's
    son as numerous school books (ranging from algebra to Shakespeare) as well as documents dealing WW2 were scattered about.
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    Several dolls/toys remained dotted about here and there.
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    Strangely the manor seemed to only house white pigeons - which were remarkably calm with our presense (a nice change).
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    Kitchen
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    Spiller's dog biscuits
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    The famous organ - which Mrs Gamble loved to play, unfortunately it doesn't work anymore....
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    In the basement - where apparently a bear was kept in the early 1900 for entertainment until it killed the housekeeper....
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    ~ Thanks for looking :)
     

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