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Save Chatterton's House 7/03/2012

posted 7 Mar 2012, 08:41 by Billy Nomates   [ updated 17 Oct 2015, 02:29 ]

At the end of last summer I went to the house of Thomas Chatterton, the Bristol poet, to take some photographs and sketches of it for a house portrait. I found the building was occupied by squatters and on talking to them that it had been so for a while. They said they weren't there for somewhere to sleep but to try and save the building from the ravages of neglect. I watched as they removed great saddles of house eating fungus from within. Apparently it's also riddled with dry rot. There are various rumours as to to who these squatters were - some say English Literature students -others that they stole the lead from the roof; neither of which excuses Bristol City Council of various political persuasions.
I couldn't believe our representatives could allow such an historic site to get into such a state of disrepair. My understanding is that the building was left unattended for over seven years.Since I was there the Council have evicted the squatters and sealed the building, hopefully making it watertight in the process. Having been pressed from a number of quarters they have now gone as far as talking about setting up a working party. The Chatterton Society have been pushing to have the building used for a suitably creative purpose. Bristol and Region Architectural Services recently undertook an archaeological desk-based assessment. Desk-based?

SAVE THE CHATTERTON COTTAGE PROJECT

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