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Report - House of Mosaics, Bulbourne Road, Tring - April 2013

Yorrick

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Regular User
#1
A solo visit on a sunny day.

Built in 1877 and operated as a farm until around 1985.

In 1988 it changed hands and over the next twelve years twenty planning applications were submitted including “erection of a 2 storey and single storey extensionâ€￾ and “conversion of barn and building C to residential useâ€￾. The last application for development was submitted in 2001. It was approved.

The owner appears to have been made insolvent in 2004.

A few years after that the building appears to have been abandoned and it suffered an arson attack to the upper floor in 2009, and a lot of subsequent weather damage.

In 2012 permission was granted to demolish the farm and build 2 new houses on the site.



After spending nearly 10 minutes at the front door, listening-to-what-must-surely-be-people-upstairs, I grew a very small pair and stepped inside. I quickly realised the noise was last night’s rain pouring through the building….and all over me.

I thought the mosaics and panelling had previously been reported as “oldâ€￾, but there’s lots of plasterboard behind the panelling and modern concrete blocks in the pool construction. I think all of this was fitted in the early nineties.

Also the Dutch barn has a stack of high quality pre-made wall panels and flat pack furniture in it, still wrapped in the original polythene wrapping.


The main room

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The entrance hall.

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Boxes of tesserae. Previous reports show a lot more boxes.

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The fish pond(?) With modern concrete blocks up the back.

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Piles of pre-made panels

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Yorrick

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#3
Long gone I think. Always hated this DP codename. It was Gamnel Farm it's first 250 years!
 

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