Monday 10 August 2009

The life history of a house

The first two postcards I found in among some papers of my parents.  The third is a photo someone took while they lived in this house.  The first has "Before rebuilding" written on the back.  The second says "c. 1922, after rebuilding".  I never did live in the house myself but as I remember, that front hedge reached well over head height by the 1980s when my parents were there.

I am told the house no longer exists, probably demolished to allow for several more compact modern houses.


  1. Demolished? Someone's going to hell for that. That's a shame.

  2. I think this one is fascinating! I have often looked at the houses in Sidcup and wondered how they looked years and years ago. I know they've all had extensive rebuilding done in the years leading up to the current depression. Now, looking at that style of house and seeing the veranda, it has really piqued my interest!! Was that house in England? Did houses here look like that?

  3. @Chris, it is a real shame. I liked that house.

    @Pak Karamu, welcome. I visited your blog but unfortunately I don't speak your language.

    @Emm, yes, that's in England, in Kent. You don't see verandas very often, I must say. It looks very colonial in a way, and yet not completely. I've sent the scans to someone interested in local history and who lives nearby to see if he can shed any light on the subject.

  4. It seems such a shame to pull down a perfectly good house to make space for those tiny, flimsy modern houses :-(

  5. @John, it's a real shame, almost a sacrilege.

  6. I was going to say the hedge did grow. A beautiful house.


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