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Report - Tottenham Court House - Wiltshire - Feb 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by merryprankster, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    this place looks bloody epic, i managed to get into the servants quarters to the left but that was it unfortunately, didnt fancy scaling drain pipes flying solo, plenty of secca down there aswell, mooched around the back for about an hour trying to get in and taking pics, once i gave up on entry through the back i stuck my head around the corner at the frount where the gurhkas were doing their thing and got busted straight away. very nice guys got chatting to them and apparently they start work in a few weeks...



    bit of C&P history

    The house, which has more than one hundred rooms, stands in Savernake Forest and belongs to the Trustees of Savernake Estate. Most of the present building, built for the 1st Marquess of Ailesbury, dates from the 1820s, but it also incorporates parts of earlier houses on the site.

    A new house to supplant the earlier one was designed by Richard Boyle, Lord Burlington for his brother-in-law Charles, Lord Bruce in 1721; Henry Flitcroft was the executant architect.[1] Wings were added to Burlington's block in the 1730s. Burlington's Banqueting House in the park was built in 1743 and demolished in 1824.[2] The house was enlarged and remodelled in 1823-26 by Thomas Cundy, who had previously (1818) designed stables there for the Marquess of Ailesbury.[3]
    Modern use

    The Ailesbury family lived there - sharing it in the Second World War with the US Army - until moving out in 1946. Thereafter it was used by Hawtreys Preparatory School until 1994 when Hawtreys merged with Cheam School, Newbury. It was then leased for ten years to a charity called the Amber Foundation which helps unemployed troubled young people to rebuild their lives, but its work there ended due to cuts in government support.

    David Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan (born 1952) owns 49% and his son Thomas James Brudenell-Bruce, Viscount Savernake (born 1982), owns 51%.[4] In recent years, the impoverished Earl of Cardigan has been involved in a bitter battle with the trustees.[4][5]

    In 2006, the House, with its 50-horse Stable Block, outbuildings and some farmland, was leased for 150 years to a consortium of Golf Club Investment Holdings, Conduit Investments, and (as Operator) the Buena Vista Hospitality Group of Orlando, Florida, with the intention of creating a luxury hotel, conference, spa, and golfing centre.[4] Full Planning Permission was obtained, with the co-operation of the local Planning Authority and English Heritage, and an investment in the project of £50 million was announced. However 18 months later, before starting any building work, the consortium failed during the recession, and the lease ended.[4]

    In 2013, the house and Savernake estate were used as the location for a short film commissioned by British electronica pioneers Goldfrapp to promote the song 'Drew' from their album 'Tales of Us'. Shot in black and white by film editor Lisa Gunning (Nowhere Boy, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), making her directing debut, the internal and external aspects of the house and surrounding forest feature extensively in the five minute film.

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  2. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Re: totty court house - wiltshire - feb 2015

    Impressive looking building & nice pics mate :thumb

    Pity you didn"t get round all of it .

    Gurkha"s ?
     
  3. Lenston

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    Re: totty court house - wiltshire - feb 2015

    Will deff be heading back here before that work starts, Gurkhas are a pain :D
     
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  4. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    Re: totty court house - wiltshire - feb 2015

    the secca firm are a gang of ex gurkhas acid, lenston if youre heading back would you mind giving me a shout and letting me tag along? itching to get inside this place, no dramas if not dude
     
  5. ACID- REFLUX

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    Re: totty court house - wiltshire - feb 2015

    AH right, i take it they can no longer carry their knifes legally...hopefully
     
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    Well done for getting as far as you did, you got a lot further than we did a couple of months back, nabbed by a gurkha before we reached the bloody buildings! :mad

    It's an amazing looking place, definitely worth putting a bit of effort in before work starts :thumb
     
  7. Bigian88

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    Some stunning, sharp photos there buddy!
     
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    It's very nice inside, some of the fireplaces are ornate :)

    This places time has been coming for bloody ages!
     
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    anybody else been there since?
     
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    I've had plenty of success here, right up to the previously occupied areas inside. Anybody awants any info or a guide drop me a line.
     
  11. glub

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    messaged you
    have tried twice recently first time was stopped before we got close
    second time i got near the door but was shouted at then caught in the field.
    lovely guys we tried convincing him to show us around but he apologetic declined.
     
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    I'd been following the history of this house for sometime as I used to cycle in Savernake Forest a lot and came across it accidentally during one ride. You might be interested to know the band, Radiohead recorded some tracks there in 2006/7 for their album, 'In Rainbows'. Even then producer, Nigel Goodrich commented that Tottenham was 'really old and literally crumbling'...
     
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    Nice... some epic pics and great report.... well done :thumb
     
  14. Nick John

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    I went there today, 19/5/16, there's a fence around the property, similar to the metal ones on building sites, the fence isn't finished though so it would still be easy to get close to the house, as I did on the opposite side to the stables, only saw 1 security guard, he didn't stop me as I was walking my dog, but did get clocked as I was walking away from house along side the deer fence, but not stopped as that public footpath through the property is good cover.
     
  15. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    yeeeah youll never get in once they've finished putting that heras fence up
     
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