Now it begins ... Renovation and research and all the time pondering who might have lived here over the past 110 years, what the house was like when it was built, and if we might find something interesting under the floorboards, or under the wallpaper as we start to make it the stunning house it deserves to be ...
It's a fairly plain and solid "old beast of a house". We asked our solicitors if the previous owners had handed over any of the old papers and we were delighted when she sent us what she had, in the post. We discovered more about the reason for it's plain and solid exterior and why it has been largely unloved. It was built by the landlord of this block of land to accommodate tenants and until the late 1970s was only ever occupied by tenants.
It had also had it's ground floor converted into a flat in the early 1970s and was then knocked back into one house sometime later ... and we're cursing that the original Victorian spindles and yule posts for the entire house weren't kept as now we have a mixture of old and new .. testament to it's splitting and rejoining!
Anyway, the dining room is the first to be sorted out ... As this used to be the old kitchen, it's a mish-mash of tiles and wallpaper and even a wall, that has been tiled and then wallpapered! Stay tuned for my post on a century of wallpaper design! Or "what I found" under the first layer ..