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Honeycrocks Farm and Planning

In April 2015, a Surrey farmer lost his long-running battle with the planning authorities to protect a mock-Tudor castle which he had constructed behind huge bales of hay. Robert Fidler had built the four bedroom castle on Greenbelt land he owned since the 1970s at Honeycrocks Farm in Salfords, Surrey, while obscured by a blue...

Waste Not, Want Not

The first half of 2014 (Jan-July) saw over 682,000 residential conveyancing transactions, over 100,000 more than the previous year. Additionally, house prices increased by 11.7% in the year up to July 2014, up from 10.2% in the previous year to June 2014. With house prices set to soar even further and demand for housing increases,...

Britain’s Most Flooded Pub

Between October and December 2012 the The Ship Inn in Mevagissey, Cornwall has flooded 12 times in 12 weeks. Within this time the pub lost over £10,000 in sales alone. Two months after taking over the pub the landlord “jumped ship”. When the new landlords took over in February 2013 they were in for a...

Kursaal Amusement Park

We recently stumbled upon an intriguing set of maps whilst researching for a report. The map, from 1950, shows the now abandoned Kursaal Amusement Park in intricate detail. Opened in Southend in 1901, the amusement park included rides such as the Never Stop Railway, Midget Mansion and the Wall of Death. The park was hugely...

Olympic Stadium, London

The area that is now home to the Olympic Stadium was once occupied by bone works, oil refineries, soap works, tanks, chemical works, warehouses. The 2012 Olympic Park covers around 245ha (big enough to fit 357 football pitches) in the Lower Lea Valley, London. The first phase was to remove 52 overhead power pylons, re-route...