So this road trip round the pointy bit. This is the one I wanted to see. Given to me by one of my close contacts. Never published on social media.
Then why post here?
Because I now believe this to be a civilised place to be, not one infested by goontubers, day trippers pseudo explorers, umbexers, vandals, thieves, taggers, Location beggars et al!
This building is the only one of its kind in the world, as will be explained shortly. I was given the location about 5 weeks before my visit “the back door is open, there is no handle on it”. Sure enough that was the case. UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE. If it’s open:it’s fair game for a mooch.
The design was included at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition in 1923 as part of an associated "Bungalow Town" display which considered new materials and techniques as a way of solving the post-World War I housing shortage.
Besides Southdown the only other known example of Saunder's Consuta bungalow was at Newport, Isle of Wight, which has recently been demolished.
It was purchased by the Fleming banking family and brought back from the Ideal Home Exhibition in or shortly after 1923. It was erected on its current site along with the linked bungalow extension, and was originally known as Newholmes.
In 1952 the house was sold to a Mr Ronaldson, who probably replaced the copper roof with roofing felt. In 1972 it was sold to John Goodwin, who set up a covenant with The National Trust and bequeathed it to the present owner in 2008. The covenant set up in 1973 requires that no alteration shall be made to the exterior. It stands a grade 2 listed property.
One missing door handle, it was a weird mooch, the rooms starting to develop that scent of decay, butI guess someone is making occasional visits to dust and hoover?
No real personal items remain
Yet everywhere I looked antiques of great value filled each and every wall in each and every room
Now that to me was a one off, but how long it survives time will tell