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The Manse - 1875

On the page, someone contacted me and asked if I could document the magical old manse. I couldn't refuse! It was the home of the girl's great-grandparents many years ago.

Her great grandfather was a minister at the nearby church, and he lived here with his wife and children, one of whom was her grandmother.

Having recently been in the area, she discovered the house was now derelict. We made contact with the local minister and arranged for a visit.

An old farming newspaper from 1970.

As a child, her Granny baked a lot, her specialty was dropped scones. Yum.

Could she have learned this skill here, on this very stove!

There have been several more ministers and families living here, but it has been empty now for some years.

In the manse, not much remains, but there is just enough to imagine it as it once was.

In abandoned homes, the chairs always look as if someone just got up and left the room.

From parishioners to children, this entrance would have seen a lot of traffic.

"Nature never waits for a door to open!"

I really liked this window with the creeping ivy coming in and covering the pink wall. Picture perfect!

This bath is so beautiful, it could be original to the house.

I never normally take photos of toilets, however, this one was so unique with the cast iron cistern - I had to document it!

One of the bedrooms with a beautiful fireplace.

When the house was lived in it had a fabulous garden and the front of the house was covered in Ivy which most has now been removed. The future is unknown for the manse.

3 commentaires

Wm Paul Robinson
Wm Paul Robinson
02 janv. 2022

Wow! In an incredible state of preservation, and not yet a squat or vandalised! The ivy creeping through the windows and doors, like Sci Fi. Such a shame places like this aren't passed on to someone else, given to the council, to use for events or social housing, etc. I hope your photography and documentation of these places gets more recognition, and you get more requests to display disappearing history in museums, local, and national. Seems like yourself it's me who reminds locals of their local social history, except as an ex pat, I'm now doing it in France. This year hell or high water i'm coming back for a couple of weeks. Happy, healthy, prosperous, and exciting new year…

Wm Paul Robinson
Wm Paul Robinson
02 janv. 2022
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I know you are doing something you love, but know well it doesn't always get the recognition it deserves. Sharing on the interwebs means it is there forever. before that one or two books, or newspaper photos and articles, that disappear as quickly as these old buildings, and history, sadly, and that was it. Thanks to a handful of second hand books sites, and a twice monthly book market, on the port of Vannes, I have picked up some fantastic wee gems in both English, and French. Still haven't had the courage to wear more than twice the PSNI baseball cap picked up in a braderie at the port! Ha ha ha! It doesn't matter if we get "la drache…

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