Finally, six months after we had our offer accepted, Ian and I have moved into our first joint home. We viewed it back in September 2022 and it was love at first sight. The period features, fireplaces, the character and the extensive gardens captured our imagination. We knew it would be the perfect forever home.
Built in 1873
The house was designed by renowned British architect Richard Norman Shaw in 1873. In a former life it was the vicarage to the now demolished local church. In 1973 it was split into two dwellings and gained Grade II Listed Building status.
It doesn’t need any urgent or immediate remedial work but we know from the survey that the roof will need replacing/repairing as will the majority of the original, single-glazed sash windows (frames) and part of the conservatory. We’d like to move the kitchen and repurpose the existing kitchen space. We have so many dreams and plans- we want chickens, a greenhouse and a veg patch. It will be a series of projects- cosmetic, functional and essential-and we cannot wait to begin.
Please follow Ian and I on our dedicated Instagram account @built_in_1873 as well as here on my blog. We’re looking forward to sharing our progress as we slowly and sympathetically put our own stamp on this beautiful building.