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Raks's visit to Hindhead and Undershaw
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly


I am going to make a full post about this later this week. And it will only be on The Umbrella Organisation - there will be lots of photos!

I saw Undershaw today for the first time. It broke my heart. The house has been left to go to rack and ruin. There is graffiti all over it. The windows are broken. It has been trashed. How can the Council and the people in whose care it is allow this to happen? This is a house that is historically and culturally incredibly significant. I was distraught.

Originally, I had been going to see Hindhead and Undershaw with Mark Gatiss. It is just as well I didn't. If I had gone to Undershaw with Mr Gatiss, I would definitely have broken down and wept when I saw the state of the house. And I don't think I would have been able to stop.

Luckily, I was only with Lynn. So we both just documented the sorry state that it had been allowed to fall into by taking photos. This situation is criminal.

It is imperative that the Undershaw Preservation Trust wins its fight to save Undershaw. I am now more determined that ever to ensure this happens.


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I suspected your experience would be disheartening, though I am glad to hear that it has further strengthened your resolve regarding the Trust's work. As we discussed, I am sure that I will be similarly upset by the state of the house, but, like you, I feel it is important to see it if I have the chance. Obviously, not all of the reps will get that opportunity, but I feel that it will certainly allow me to speak to the situation with more conviction. I have a friend who visited the house while it was a hotel. This was just 10 years ago. And how long has this development company had control? Six years? To let it go to ruin in that time is just appalling.

Exactly. Wait till you see the photos. They will break your heart. I thought that the house would be fine as it was a hotel up until 5 or 6 years ago. So how could they have let it get into this state in such a short space of time?

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