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Report - Lock Keeper's cottage, Stenwith (nr Grantham), Lincs, December 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by HughieD, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Jan 15, 2013
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    Try to find something new to do rather than do revisits let alone re-re-visits but was in the area with my camera. Wasn't going to bother at first but then what struck me was home different this place looks in winter. In spring and summer trees hide the house from view of the canal tow-path and dense brambles make the out-buildings a challenge to get to. Not so in winter so I had a another look round. The history has been done before but it's here again:

    ‘Lock House’ cottage is located on the Grantham-Nottingham canal which runs for 33 miles (53 km) between the two points falling through 18 locks to West Bridgford where it then joins the River Trent. It was built mainly to transport coal to Grantham. It opened in 1797, and its profitability steadily increased until 1841 when it was sold to a railway company, after which it declined in use. The last boat navigated the canal in 1929 and it was finally closed in 1936. The canal was used as a water supply for agricultures so post-closure it had its water levels maintained, although many of its 69 over-bridges were lowered.

    Since the 1970s, the Grantham Canal Society have been heavily involved with its restoration, and two stretches are now navigable by small vessels. Full restoration will require a new route where the canal joins the Trent, as the A52 has effectively severed the original route. There is a similar issue at the Grantham end where the A1 embankment blocks the canal.

    The late 18th Century two-bedroom cottage is set back from a section of the canal near Stenwith and was built to home the lock keeper for the near by lock.. It hit the news in 2007 when it failed to sell at auction at a guide price of £250,000 due to the lack of running water, electricity, bath-room and road access. The picture below dates from around this time.

    Prior to coming on the market it was the home of a man in his 80's who used an earth closet in the back garden for WC, a tin tub as a bath and a wind-up gramophone to listen to music. Apparently built in 1794 and part of the Duke of Rutland’s estate, previous owners included John and Margaret Topps. The nearby lock was previously referred to as ‘Jack Topp’s Lock’.

    Since its failure to sell at auction the cottage has remained empty and has started to fall into disrepair. Ironically the cottage became Grade II listed in December 2013. Today it now lies abandoned and rather forlorn; its garden overgrown and extensive outbuildings falling to pieces.

    The first thing that greets you is the lock itself:

    23827620540_0a9b0a4bab_b.jpg img3301 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    As you get near the cottage can be made out through the trees:

    24040640671_7abc31a548_b.jpg img3302 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It hasn't changed so much over the last year or so:

    24123185575_114d4ebfec_b.jpg img3304 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Mainly due to the roof being in tact:

    24123146375_a188dd735d_b.jpg img3305 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    ...although the local yobs have smashed every single window:

    23496309473_2ef02081b8_b.jpg img3306 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The dining room still looks cosy:

    24097002246_123aa9d902_b.jpg img3307 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the kitchen range is still there:

    24040448501_814b32ccfd_b.jpg img3308 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    But as previously reported someone has pulled the sink off the wall:

    24014919272_c0d4e0ebe8_b.jpg img3309 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    No one has nicked the tin!

    24122540095_28d5569c70_b.jpg img3328 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Or the up-stairs fireplace:

    24096437716_1fd8c6f64e_b.jpg img3331 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The bed's still there:

    23754697809_53265ea4c5_b.jpg img3332 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Love the black and red tiled flooring downstairs:

    23826802800_c74897d7ac_b.jpg img3333 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some crap graff has appeared in the living room:

    24015222932_2a450a46e9_b.jpg img3335 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    But this is just bizarre:

    24039838421_a68f5d4d40_b.jpg img3334 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Next door is a wood-burning stove:

    23755206179_dfd73e6430_b.jpg img3310 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    ...in the out-house to the left:

    24040338051_ef752d58fa_b.jpg img3311 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24096569706_efec440631_b.jpg img3324 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    So then on to the extensive sheds and out-buildings:

    23827228710_1ddd3f88f2_b.jpg img3312 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    24096775236_34dc760912_b.jpg img3313 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This looks like on old car's gear nob:

    23495989113_b1b8d7c662_b.jpg img3317 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some old draws:

    23827103590_5a485fca28_b.jpg img3318 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And old fridge:

    24122742355_973f99f18e_b.jpg img3319 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And some old 30mm shell boxes!

    24096631316_30aa331eee_b.jpg img3322 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Yet another shed:

    24096610766_e8de9fe85a_b.jpg img3323 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This one's full of fire wood:

    23495804723_47037552a4_b.jpg img3325 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And an old caravan:

    24122574335_fbd5477b64_b.jpg img3327 by HughieDW, on Flickr
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  2. G_EX

    G_EX 28DL Full Member
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    Nice little place, might be worth a visit when I head up to lincs later this month!
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  3. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Really tranquil and pretty location. Deffo recommend it...
  4. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    May 29, 2013
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    Certainly no need for a window cleaner..... nice report :thumb
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  5. Bolts

    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    Feb 4, 2015
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    Some of your shots aren't half bad mate, especially liking the close-up ones :thumb
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  6. Cuuvin

    Cuuvin 28DL Colonial Member
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    yes, Nicely done ! and the narrative pulls it all together ! :thumb
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  7. mattdonut

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    theres some cool bits and bobs in those sheds
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