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Report - Ingelbourne Manor, Wiltshire - September 2014

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by clebby, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. clebby

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    Ingelbourne Manor, Wiltshire.

    Visited with huey on a glorious late summers day. Some history:

    The buyer in question appears to have fluffed his sums as, judging by some paperwork left inside, the expected sale price of the apartments falls some 500 grand short of what he paid for the place. Nevertheless, work has supposedly restarted inside and so hopefully this handsome old place has a future.

    I don't normally visit the country house forum as code names make me feel a little bit sick. As someone with an interest in architecture this is probably somewhat foolish, but hey. When huey mentioned that he'd found some old manor house that was midway through conversion, I naturally expected it to be pretty shit but Ingelbourne well and truly exceded my expectations. The quality of the craftsmanship is outstanding and even in its stripped state there was enough to see to keep us occupied for a good few hours. I've focused on the main rooms of the house in this report as that's where the pay-dirt is, but there's basements and outbuildings to see. The chapel is pretty modernised unfortunately but we did find a stash of paperwork that included passports, medical notes and birth certificates; in one case you could literally follow the life story of one guy from birth through to his being sectioned and institutionalised.

    On that jolly note, some pictures:

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    The drawing room; the quality and detailing of the plasterwork is truly exceptional.

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    Delft epic:

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    The clock tower retains it's original 1842 mechanism. Despite probably not having run for 10 or more years, a simple push of the pendulum was enough to get it going again. You don't get that with crappy electrical movements.

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    Dining room: again, the craftmanship is of the highest quality (note the replacement panel below which is a poor substitute for the original).

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    Hidden doors:

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    Every carving in the room was unique:

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    The rest of the rooms were lacking in character if I'm nonest, though some nice features remain.

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    Ancient wallpaper under a ripped up mezzanine deck:

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    As I say the builders have moved back in since these photos, oakleyframer had some luck recently though so I'd suggest swinging by if you happen to be near. Cheers :thumb


     
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  2. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Sweet,thought you'd forgotten about this place! Great report of a great place mate,some nice pics too.:thumb
     
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    Good little gem this one. Matt has a small time-lapse of the clock at the front whilst I'm moving the hands inside :D

    Is there still a bit that can't be accessed?
     
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    Cheers mateyboy

    I think so.. as I recall on the rightmove listing there was an oval entrance hall no one has seen. Not sure whether there's any epic to be found though.
     
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    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Did someone ask for a dodgy gif :)

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    This one is so full of win! secret doors? class.
     
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    Thank you for posting this information. I am researching my grandfather who was born in Woking.
    He was employed at Ingelbourne Manor, at the age of 16 (from the England Census of 1911).
    He was a servant (“hall boy domestic”).
    He came to Canada at age 18, alone.
    Sadly, he died when my dad was an infant, in 1930.
    Enjoyed seeing the beautiful pictures, thank you for posting them.
     
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