This is the Old Medicine House you see when you drive into the garden now, but in 1970 the view from the road was less attractive.
It was a Grade II listed building; acknowledged by the leading timber-frame authority of the day to be important because it was basically unaltered since it was built, with substantial original timbering, including a rare timber-framed chimney. But no public body or museum of buildings wanted to take on the responsibility, or the cost, of restoring it. So in October1970 a demolition order was placed on it.
This might have been a realistic decision if just practical and financial difficulties were being considered.
However, having lived in an ancient timber-framed house, we could see that underneath the dirt and superficial accretions there was a beautiful house that needed saving. So, ignoring all wise and sensible advice, that is what we did.
We began to take it down, using a tripod and a pulley.
And very early the house began to show us its beauties.
Diary entry for October 28th 1970
Very wet: slowed work a little, but all tiles off & into skip. Frame magnificent, but greasy to climb in.
Wall painting found.