Explore #28: Priory Farmhouse, Chediston, Suffolk – January 2014

Just a quick report this – as you will see there wasn’t much remaining of interest. History: Priory Farmhouse is a 17th Century Grade II listed timber-framed and rendered farmhouse, with later alterations and extensions. The Suffolk Register of Buildings at Risk states that minor repairs were carried out on the roof in 2011 to make the property watertight – well it certainly wasn’t when we visited, with part of the rear completely collapsed. A quick selection of what now…

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Explore #26: Chaise Abbey, somewhere in the UK – January 2014

The first explore of a new year, and what an absolute cracker to start with! This stunning country house was built in the 1800s, but has been unoccupied since the 1960s, and has fallen into serious disrepair. It is clear that the current owners are trying to restore the property, but it is a daunting task which needs a huge amount of work doing if the battle is going to be won – which I sincerely hope it will. I…

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Explore #22: Ipswich County Hall and Court, Ipswich, Suffolk – December 2013

After the fun and japes of Santa Severalls in the morning, we decided to pay Ipswich County Court a flying visit on the way home. The biggest challenge on this explore was trying to find somewhere free to park which was still within a reasonable walking distance of the location, but after much driving around (including the wrong way down a one-way street, oops!) we found somewhere and walked through the crowds of Christmas shoppers, trying not to feel too…

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