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Report - Colin’s Barn (The Hobbit House), Chedglow, Wiltshire - May 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Palisade, May 15, 2015.

  1. Palisade

    Palisade 28DL Regular User
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    I really enjoyed this one, as it’s such a cool building and totally unique. Access was very easy, although we were a little cautious due to a couple of previous reports mentioning angry farmers.

    A local sheep farmer, Colin Stokes, started building the house in 1989, using dry stone wall techniques to build a complex structure of rooms, corridors, turrets and dovecotes. In some of the rooms he even installed stained glass windows which he had created himself! Mr Stokes told The Mail that he had started out with the intention of building a simple hay storage barn, but “I just got a bit carried away”. According to The Metro it was also built to house his sheep, and this did appear to be the case for the lower rooms. The building was left unfinished after 11 years of work, supposedly due to the nearby quarry site being established nearby.

    I’m not sure I believe this to be honest; the bed in one of the upstairs rooms, and the uninstalled bathroom items lying around suggest that he was intending to live in the building himself. Further research has suggested that he got in some trouble for not getting planning permission, so the claim that the building was intended for hay and sheep may have just been his excuse. Seems a bit more likely!

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  2. Oort

    Oort The spice expands consciousness.
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    Well done for avoiding the farmer. I've not met him personally but I know people who have and he really isn't a very nice bloke or at least not to people wanting to check out the barn.
     
  3. Seffy

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    Good to see it's still holding up. Was worried about what might happen to it, seeing as someone posted the co-ordinates for it online, which makes finding it now very very easy... :rolleyes:
     
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    Interesting building :thumb I've heard about these farmers and from personal experience, it's best to avoid any farmer
     
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    That's an incredible structure. Shame it's abandoned now. Thanks for posting :thumb
     
  6. Palisade

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    Thanks for the comments. Yes I'm glad the farmer didn't show, and it certainly is a shame that the building is slowing falling into ruin. I don't think the upstairs floorboards will last much longer. Didn't notice the co-ords posted online Seffy, just saw mention of a 'nearby quarry' and looked for the nearest one to Chedglow :)
     
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    Excellent snappys!:thumb
    Just boggles the mind that 1 man picked up , carried / moved, & put into place each & every stone ! Much less all the other touches ! :D
     
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    Ha - how cool is that! I wonder if he had a wife.
     
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  9. Palisade

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    A man with great strength, skills and imagination!

    It was only a single bed in the bedroom Garou Garou... But it would be nice to think he had someone to share his creation with :)
     
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    Very nice you have captured it beautifully,
    It looks interesting :thumb

    I agree farmers can be very angry and argumentative
    People to deal with, they don't take you walking onto
    Their land lightly .
     
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    Lovely set of photos, really like the stained glass windows. Thanks for sharing :thumb
     
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    Nice to see pictures of it again hasnt changed that much last time i was there about 2 years ago
     
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    "Escorted" off by two farmers with shotguns earlier, didn't get in could just see it.
     
  14. Palisade

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    Wow! That's crazy! I've been told to get out of fields more times than I could possibly remember, but never that aggressively! The worst I've had was probably being followed by a shouting farmer on a quad-bike... I hate possessive land-owners, especially when the field isn't even being used for anything and you're not doing any damage.
     
  15. Oort

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    Picking the time to visit is the important thing here, The two times I have done it were both very, very early on a weekend...
     
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