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Report - The Lock-keeper's Cottage, Nr Grantham, Lincs, September 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by HughieD, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    An old favourite but hopefully you're not all bored of this little place yet.

    ‘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. All of the windows in the house itself are smashed but due to the roof being mostly intact, the structure of the house itself isn’t too bad.

    Let's start with the lock in question:

    21423640685_b5d5314982_b.jpg img1746 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The first thing you come to is a series of out-buildings:

    21423045245_c1fd8c5b42_b.jpg img1732 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    20801777283_3337a60b81_b.jpg img1743 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    21235077488_98d9a3c2eb_b.jpg img1742 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Is this a start handle for an old car?

    20800263564_59f3925af4_b.jpg img1741 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    My mate Marmite...or is it Bovril?

    21422979165_067753ec1e_b.jpg img1739 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A fridge in the garage?!

    21234937500_ba869ce1d6_b.jpg img1737 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    21235196848_0740eb62ef_b.jpg img1734 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the house itself:

    21396577146_68e312e611_b.jpg img1744 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    21235758798_d6e0e6e65c_b.jpg img1692 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    20800861594_5bc7f04bb2_b.jpg img1693 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Front elevation of this lovely two-up/two-down plus off-shot.

    21397271226_ff923992cd_b.jpg img1697 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    20802381883_eb71969e27_b.jpg img1698 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    First to the kitchen. Range one still present and correct:

    21397149126_8f9d675256_b.jpg img1702 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Made in Grantham it was...

    21235515768_27f56399a9_b.jpg img1704 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    But here's that aforementioned sink, now lying on the floor:

    21236186369_34a3b67264_b.jpg img1728 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Then to the dining room. Glad to report that Range 2 is intact:

    21412176452_2e02d7163a_b.jpg img1727 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And Pandora's box is still there:

    21397177716_9329be6d76_b.jpg img1699 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    ...and her tin too!

    21235470818_3e6bf004dd_b.jpg img1706 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The clock's now off the wall but still present:

    20802196513_00642aafcf_b.jpg img1707 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the lounge:

    21236350739_c1362ae8f5_b.jpg img1709 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    21236320579_588544b059_b.jpg img1712 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Upstairs we go:

    21235098450_5743848075_b.jpg img1714 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Bedroom one. The fireplace fairies haven't been a-calling yet:

    21396916206_c12d17952c_b.jpg img1715 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And bedroom two:

    20802045023_0fcc3c3e33_b.jpg img1716 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Time for tea before we leave?

    21412190842_8322117f62_b.jpg img1723 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking!
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  2. Choo Choo m8ty

    Choo Choo m8ty Mr Reality Hacker
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    Sep 29, 2014
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    Started off a little uh but then stuff still there. Preaty amazing considering the condition. thx for report
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  3. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    Most likely a joiners hand brace
  4. Rufus Chucklebutty

    Rufus Chucklebutty 28DL Full Member
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    I would take it off their hands for few quid.
  5. KlassyKayleigh

    KlassyKayleigh 28DL Member
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    Jan 18, 2015
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    I visited here today with a couple and friends (and my dog George who I repeatedly told off) and bumped into a fellow explorer! I didn't have any equipment with me so just had a quick look round but if the guy I saw happens to see this let me know i'd love to see the pictures you took!
  6. elhomer12

    elhomer12 Maglite size T-rex, It's time for urbex!
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    Ah, I guess that will be me then :p I didn't take that many photos as it was my 3rd location of the day, nearly getting dark and I had a good 40 minute drive to get home but I'll try and remember to message you a link when I sort them out in the next few days :thumb
  7. KlassyKayleigh

    KlassyKayleigh 28DL Member
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    It was nice to meet you!! Yeah let me know when you do! I'm going to head back there eventually it has an interesting history :)
  8. girtrood

    girtrood 28DL Full Member
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    The fire places, especially, look brilliant.!!! X
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