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Report - Seven Pines March 2020


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Bryan and his wife called Nanette, bought this mansion in 1955 for £7000. Then they did it up and lived in it till Bryan died 2013. Nanette carried on living there till 2016. Nanette couldn't keep up the house after Bryan died because it cost too much in maintenance so she moved out in 2016. Her kids offered to pay for the house but she said no. The house is now worth £2.7 million! The house has been on for sale but sadly didn’t sell so a development company bought it and propose a new building. They bought the land and will knock down this mansion and rebuild a new property.

Forbes was born John Theobald Clarke on 22 July 1926 in Queen Mary's Hospital, Stratford, West Ham, Essex. His father was a salesman and he grew up at 43 Cranmer Road, Forest Gate, where he attended West Ham Secondary School and Horncastle Grammar School after he was evacuated during the Second World War to Porthleven in Cornwall to the vicar Canon Edward Thornton Gotto and his wife. A school friend at West Ham was artist Albert Herbert. Lionel Gamlin of the BBC took him on as the host of Junior Brains Trust, and invented Clarke's pseudonym of Bryan Forbes.

Personal life:

In 1951 he married Irish actress Constance Smith, and the couple travelled to Hollywood in the early 1950s. Forbes soon returned to the UK; he and Smith divorced in 1955. Forbes went on to marry actress Nanette Newman the same year. It was popularly believed that Roger Moore was their best man, but Newman denied this on the Alan Titchmarsh Show in 2011. The couple had two daughters: journalist Sarah Standing, who is married to actor John Standing, and television presenter Emma Forbes.
Forbes was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1975, while working on The Slipper and the Rose; he remained in remission which he attributed to cutting out gluten and taking vitamins and oil of primrose, together with Newman's care. However, he revealed in a 2012 interview that it had been a misdiagnosis. He continued his acting, directing and screenwriting career into the early 1990s, and was still publishing novels in the 2010s.

Forbes died at his home in Virginia Water, Surrey, on 8 May 2013 at the age of 86, following a long illness.

Journalist and former Spectator editor, Matthew D'Ancona, a friend of the Forbes family, said: "Bryan Forbes was a titan of cinema, known and loved by people around the world in the film and theatre industries, and known in other fields, including politics. He is simply irreplaceable and it is wholly apt that he died surrounded by his family." Film critic Mark Kermode wrote: "Once had the fan-boyish pleasure of telling Bryan Forbes how much I loved [The] Stepford Wives. He was charming and self-effacing. A great loss."

He directed the film The Stepford Wives (1975) and wrote and directed several other critically acclaimed films, including Whistle Down the Wind (1961), Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), and King Rat (1965). He also scripted several films directed by others, such as The League of Gentlemen (1960), The Angry Silence (1960) and Only Two Can Play (1962).

The Explore:
Park a little way away but was a lovely walk, very quite so made entrance easy. I had seen a few post and it looked amazing. The building it self is but im afraid to say the inside has been destroyed from kids/vandals. Also someone has left the cellar door open so careful if you enter at night! Place hold lots of memories that are now lost as i can tell from previous photo & posts, things are missing (such as family photos.... why??!)/wrecked/smashed........ such a shame.
Overall lovely day out doing a few places and so glad we got to do this before its wrecked forever.































Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
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Oh dear, another one bits the dust. I wonder what the new place will look like, it has to fit in with the land of the rich & famous lol.


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I know it’s to be demolished but so disrespectful but it did get trashed early so not as bad as I thought it would have been given the time that’s past. Looks like some idiot started a fire too.

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