Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 19:03 27 May 2019 Steve Russell The Ancient House in September, 1912 Picture: DAVID KINDRED Dave Kindred Did rich Robert really sell a swanky home to spite his stepmother? PLUS: The real reason for all that fancy Ancient House plasterwork The extent of the pargetting on the Ancient House in Ipswich is clear in this photograph Picture: David VincentIt's almost impossible to gaze at the Ancient House in Ipswich (once a beloved bookshop, now homeware store Lakeland) and not adopt a (rubbish) Loyd Grossman drawl. "Who lived in a house like this?" Especially once you learn the man responsible for its Look-at-Me! façade was, probably, not normally a bloke who did bling.For this is a story about a family that favoured the losing side in the English civil war and had to back-track rather desperately to avoid falling foul of a revitalised monarchy.There was also a bit of friction between the man who commissioned the pargetting … [Read more...] about Have you heard these tales about the Ancient House in Ipswich?
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I’ve stopped counting the number of cities I’ve fallen in love with. But I think Pittsburgh might be the first city to have loved me back. On a Sunday morning in February, the sun broke through rain clouds, and I walked along Pittsburgh’s waterfront to a 10-foot tall bronze sculpture of Mister Rogers tying his shoes. I heard his voice through overhead speakers. “Did you know that wondering about things is one of the first steps to understanding them?” Birds chirped, a freight train rumbled, and I looked upriver toward the sparkling skyline. I’d intended to make this a quick stop, but I couldn’t step away from that familiar voice. By the time Fred had reminded me that there’s nobody else in the world who is exactly like me, I had cried, laughed and called my mom. Steel City remains gritty. On dreary days in western Pennsylvania, the pitter-patter of rain is the soundtrack for a setting that’s scorned for its gruffness, car-eating … [Read more...] about Pittsburgh may be Steel City, but it’s full of gems
A Grade II listed Scarborough hotel is set to be brought back to life under expansion plans from its new owners. Bike and Boot Inns Ltd bought the Mount Hotel in January after it had been on the market for £2million.The hotel, which has 48 bedrooms over five storeys, was created in the last half a century out of five terraced buildings at 1 to 5 Cliff Bridge Terrace. The original homes were built circa 1840, more than 20 years before its more famous neighbour the Grand Hotel.Now, the owners want to refurbish the interior of the hotel as well as extending into the townhouse at 6 Cliff Bridge Terrace, which has been used as individual apartments in recent years.In plans submitted to Scarborough Borough Council, it states that the owners want to rebrand the Mount as “the Bike and Boot Hotel”.It adds: “This [application] consists of the refurbishment of all existing rooms and the establishment of a bike store, boot store, dog wash and small cinema on the basement … [Read more...] about Scarborough could get a new town centre cinema
A Czech tycoon has taken a £55 million punt on London’s luxury homes market, buying a portfolio of flats on the capital’s “Billionaires’ Row”, the Evening Standard can reveal. European developer CPI Property Group, majority-owned by real estate mogul Radovan Vítek, has teamed up with London-based private investor Dean Main to buy 11 apartments on The Bishops Avenue, industry sources said. Vitek is worth $3.5 billion according to business magazine Forbes. The flats are at a scheme called Buxmead on the Hampstead Heath end of the street. The new owners want to rent out the homes — mainly three bedrooms — for between £5000 and £10,000 per week. Tenants would have access to a private gym, bar, swimming pool and cinema. Agent Savills, which declined to comment, sold them on behalf of property developer Harrison Varma. Mark Pollack, a director at Aston Chase — selling Kenmore House for £15 million on The … [Read more...] about Czech billionaire agrees £55m housing buy on The Bishops Avenue
Doubt has been cast about the suitability of the building chosen to house a future £2.5 million cinema in Tenterden.A leaked email seen by KentOnline reveals Ashford Borough Council's conservation officer has significant misgivings over the chosen Grade II-listed Pebbles building.The officer expressed "surprise" the high street building, which is currently occupied by White Stuff, was considered to be the most suitable venue as it presented issues that "go beyond heritage ones".But Tom Evans, chairman of the cinema focus group which was set up by Tenterden Town Council to progress the dream of bringing the silver screen to town, described the officer's comments, made in an email to deputy town clerk Claire Gilbert, as "misguided".He said: “We believe that the Pebbles building is fundamentally suitable as do our chosen architects Burrell Foley Fischer who have a wealth of experience in converting listed buildings into cinemas, where a precedent has already been set.”The … [Read more...] about High street cinema plan doubts