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Report - Cottage Farm, Worcestershire - June 2012


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This all started with a text - telling Mookster one thursday about a vintage car I had spotted on the road followed by him telling me he'd found something overall more extraordinary, from that thursday to the following sunday this place was all I could think about, I had to see it for myself...
Well what more can I say? Visited with pretty much all and sundry - there were three of us set up to meet another group of three and on entrance we met another three people! Try fitting nine people all carrying backpacks and tripods into a two up two down cottage! Unfortunately this place is deteriorating faster than you can say "Potter's manor" but it did make for an interesting explore.

I don't know the history of this place, all I can assume is that the occupants of this property were here for a long time - there are items from the past 100 years or so, slowly being consumed by damp or being liberated by visitors. unfortunately there are certain things that point out where this place is and as a result it has suffered from some vandalism and damage.

I've photographed both the house and cars because it wasn't viable for us all to do one or the other at the same time, there were many more cars than this but unfortunately the photos I took on digital were not brilliant & I have yet to have my film developed.


One of the bedrooms contained a variety of childhood memories, comics from the 1930s-1940s onwards, Comic Annuals, Dinky Toys, Childhood photos etc the list goes on.


There was also a large collection of letters on the floor, this was the most poignant room, but we were far from the first visitors - I can't see the owners leaving everything piled on the only two beds they posessed.


Things from the past are so much easier on the eyes, these wonderful pictures from the 1940s or 1950s, I wish I could have been around to witness these things the first time round.


The second room was more "adult", antique clocks & old bank cards (expiring in the 1980s!) were commonplace here, but again the bed was covered in items too - a sign of other visitors or a hoarding habit?


By this time the smell of cigarette smoke was starting to irritate me so one quick photo of this beautiful television and it was off back to the cars.


I actually photographed the cars first then went back for more later, these were furthest from the house but it was raining and I wanted to get under cover, I was greeted by this rather majestic Citroen DS.


Next to the DS was this Wolseley, one of the smaller 1100 or 1300 versions of these badge-engineered cars, the size difference between the massive citroen and tiny Wolseley was massive.


To the other side of the DS was another small BMC car, this time the Vanden-Plas version of the austin 1100/1300.


The Vanden-Plas was not in a good way, the grille was immaculate, it's a real shame that someone took it upon themselves to damage it beyond use.


Moving further under shelter, this beautiful Ford Zephyr MK4 stood, i'm intrigued to the fact that there were big executive cars such as the Zephyr and Triumph later in the report & Cheaper cars like the Daf and Austins.


The boot of the Zephyr contained binders full of old motoring magazines & a record player, after flicking through the magazines the temptation to liberate them from their resting place overwhelmed me & I found myself walking away with a binder full - on second thought I returned them, deciding that theft was not a moral thing to do & that I should respect the fact that somebody cared enough to place these in individual binders, they should remain a complete set in the boot of the Zephyr.


A final look over the DS's bonnet at two decaying Hillman Imps and I was off to see the rest of the cars!


Braving the rain, my first target was this Datsun Violet - old Datsuns are getting very thin on the ground in the UK due to export & Banger Racing, it would be nice to see this one restored although this is doubtful.


A rather rare vinyl roof version mk1 Capri was next, sat beside a HA Viva and Talbot Tagora - the latter of which had a tax disc displayed from September 1993 - three months before I was born!


I believe this was the interior of the Morris, everything was in such good condition insde - a contrast to the weather but oh-so-photogenic exteriors.


A large Triumph 2000 MK1, spotting this was followed by a story about how one of our companion's parents chose one of these as a company car over an E-Type Jag, strange thinking that a car which was more expensive then is now worth much less, E types in this condition fetch thousands of pounds.


And finally, this Wolseley 1600, hidden under a collapsed shed, it's ironic that something built to protect the car has probably caused more damage to it than mother nature herself.

Thank you, I hope you enjoyed my report, it has taken me a long time to get right, I welcome any comments or criticizms.


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