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Report - Pinefields House, Much Wenlock, Shropshire - June 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Bertie Bollockbrains, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    Visited with @huey

    An impromptu explore due to driving through Much Wenlock on the way back from a much more interesting site and seeing this from the car. A quick slam of the brakes and we were in. It may be just a residential house but this one was found to be definitely worth stopping for with plenty of artifacts lying around. The house would have been grand in its day with 4 bedrooms, 2 staircases, a cellar and evidence of the use of servants. Whilst there is evidence of prior entry, namely graffiti in one room and empty cans of lager in another, this house does seem to be off the radar for us explorers.

    HISTORY

    It’s difficult to come up with a history for a residential house, but using clues from the photos that I took, I spent about an hour on the family history research websites (myheritage and ancestry) and scanning the index lists of the General Registry Office that evening and was able to put together a story. Whilst I do have exact names, dates of birth and death etc; for reasons of confidentially I will omit the precise details in this history.

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    The house known as Pinefields House in Much Wenlock is English Heritage Grade II listed, and has been since the 24th October 1950. The citation for the listing reads as following “Regency. Stucco; 2 storeys; 2 angular bays with moulded wood bay window; recessed door with segmental head; steps; plain pilasters at sides; hipped tiled roof.”

    From the family history websites I was able to determine that the house was occupied by a couple both born in the 1930s. They both died relatively young and the house passed to the daughter who had been working as a nurse in Bridgnorth and was born in June 1963. She was the only child of the couple.

    This nurse died in January 1999 at the tragically young age of 36 and was unmarried, single and without kids. With no heirs, the house fell into disuse that year. There’s a lesson for us all here: no matter how young you are, get a will made up! There’s no need for the will to be drawn up or witnessed by a solicitor. Die will-less and your estate could well end up as an urban explore for the next generation.

    Much Wenlock Town Council minutes tells me that the house was boarded up in 2011 by the council’s enforcement officer. I am not aware of any plans to do anything with the property. A search of the Shropshire Council’s planning permissions register shows nothing for this address. Looks as if the house will rot away for a few more years at least.

    THE EXPLORE

    On finding that entry was possible, we were wetting ourselves with excitement wondering what we were going to find. So how exciting it was to discover the first artifact which was…..



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    A Son of a Preacher Man record by Dusty Springfield. Now I’m sure that many of the younger members of this forum are woefully ignorant of the significance of this find and are wondering so what. Well let me tell you something. To those of us of a certain generation, this song was OUR anthem. This was the song that carried us through our teenage years. This was the song that gave purpose to our meaningless bland lives. Have a listen here, and to those kids out there who are mocking me right now well screw your modern x-factor crap.

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    Anyways the kitchen, with a calendar from 1999 on the wall:

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    In the main living room, were stacks of books

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    And the front room

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    In the hallway, post was still accumulating on the doorstep, including flyers for the local kebab shops and a request to update the electoral roll. Being dead for 16 years is no excuse for not voting it seems.

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    Upstairs were piles of paperwork. This is what a computer printout would had looked like in 1985

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    And finally the bedrooms, with floorboards so rotten that it was lucky that we didn’t quickly return to the ground floor.

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    Thanks for looking
     
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  2. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one Bertie, quite a sad tale and a waste of a desirable property in a very desirable place. Who was Rusty Springfeld? Before my time mate.....
     
  3. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    And i thought i was the oldest Git on here? it certainly wasn"t my teenage anthem ;)

    Nice find mate :thumb you certainly have some posh houses down your way & such a sad loss as you mention.
     
  4. Coolboyslim

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    What a lovely report sad but awesome report on a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing m8ty. I do have a sad report to do on nutt hill farm. I went to it to watch it be demoed another sad loss
     
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    Very nice , looks really interesting :thumb
     
  6. Vicky

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    Oh wow I have drive past this house so many times and wondered what it was like inside. Such a sad story. How did he daughter die do you know?
     
  7. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    @Vicky

    I would not know. The General Registry Office Birth Marriage Death Index only shows an event to the nearest year quarter, together with the registration district the event occurred.

    The GRO Index can be searched free of charge on this website. Due to data protection laws, it will only display records up to about the 1970s/1980s. There are ways to view more recent records, but as far as I'm aware they are not free of charge. Can't remember what I used for this report, but probably made use of my membership of various family ancestry websites and clubs.

    Probates can be searched free of charge on this website. Again for confidentially reasons, they will only go up to 1996. A £10 fee will show a record from after 1996. This website will show exact date of death, exact location of death and a summary of how the estate was dealt with; but not cause of death.
     
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