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Lead or Rumour info - Hamilton Palace, Highcross Estate,Uckfield

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Old Git, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Old Git

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    Anyone spotted this on Daily Fail online? Looks the nuts. Comes up first on Google search
     

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    Access looks to be pretty straight forward.
     
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    It certainly is a most peculiar sort of a set-up; it doesn't feel like a country house at all. Something that size ought to be set in sweeping grounds, with a most impressive entrance route giving any visitor a good, long chance to be suitably over-awed by the magnificant building they are approaching. Instead the only entrance feels very much like the tradesmens' entrance for a big estate. As I say, most peculiar design by a most peculiar man.

    The site looks to be surrounded by tens of thousands of pounds worth of scaffolding (or at least, it was worth that when erected). Then there's a huge copper dome on the thing, and then we have a thoroughly disliked owner and what appears to be not very much security on the site at all. Which all begs the question of why it hasn't all vanished into the night on the back of metal-thieves' wagons?
     
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    I'm sure we'll hear one way or another how secure the place is real soon, now its been in the fail...
     
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    This is the Daily Mail article being referred to. To summarize, evil businessman spending £40million building his pad to the annoyance of everyone in the area, starting 30 odd years ago. Seems all construction now on hold and it's all standing unused and probably will never be finished.

    Metal fairies will be wetting themselves over that copper dome and this bloke deserves to loose it..so here's the location

    look for High Cross Park on the OS map, 2 km SE of Uckfield
     
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    I was thinking of heading over to this place as I only live 10 minutes away! But after some further research... I realised going is a very bad idea! The owner is a very dangerous man! He has 24 hour security there! And he only live half hour away from there! He owns some of the hotels in Brighton and has just come out of prison for murder! So I wouldn't advise going because if you are caught... Your in trouble!!
     
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    let me clarify the above.. he was not convicted of murder in a criminal court. It was manslaughter overturned on appeal but he then settled some sort of civil case with financial compensation which to me is an admission of guilt. The law works very differently for the rich then it does for us mere mortals. He was however criminally convicted in another incident where he ordered a grenade to be thrown at somebody he didn't like. He has featured in private Eye magazine many a time over the years and is a very nasty amoral businessman. This man made his money out of exploiting the poor and disadvantaged.. slum landlord, loan shark, etc etc etc.

    Somebody please take his copper dome.
     
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    The man who is building this place yes indeed was in prison for murder but got released and was almost in prison for manslaughter when one of the workers died on site. He hasn't been in prison since 2003 and is not currently living in the uk. He has stated there is security there, but considering the property is so large in sure one could get in.
    There is rumour that its armed security which I highly doubt considering it isn't government property.
    I'm going soon. If anyone doesn't make it before then I'll update on what's going on there soon.
     
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    Good luck.
     
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    And I have edited mine, but you need still to edit you very last post and remove the quote... I can not do that
     
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    Yes access is easy!

    When I visited 4yrs ago it wasn't very secure at all, I did spot some fresh tyre marks on the ground presumably from security driving around. There was activity at the front of the house which is where I think a security hut is. And from memory I think there is a cctv camera on the entrance gates.

    I didn't venture inside the house as it was a solo explore however the scaffolding would definitely help with access.

    There are 4 copper cupulas (domes) in total, one on the boathouse folley and three on the main house. They have a coating which prevents them from oxidizing and going green.

    All the scaffolding kinda ruins the pictures but this is what you can expect......

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    Top marks that man!

    The more you read about this businessman, the worse it gets. The "boat house folly" is declared to the taxman as a mausoleum and through some sort of loophole it allows him to not pay any tax on the estate. If I was an accountant I could explain how that works..
     
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    Are those pics from your 2012 visit or have you been down to check again in the last few days?
     
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    Pics are from 2012.
     
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