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Converted Houses in England

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Converted Houses in England

Post by Rowan » Mon October 20th, 2008, 7:25 pm

While I haven't been writing as I used to, I still have this idea swirling around in my head that won't go away. Hasn't gone away for at least a year now. The story isn't historical, but this is the only place I'm a member of with a plethora of members from the UK to potentially help me.

I'm trying to find a list of homes in England which have been converted from prior use as a school house or convent or anything else into a home. A friend of mine is house hunting in Liverpool and showed me a school house conversion, but it was on a regular real estate site. I'm hoping I won't have to comb through regular real estate sites to find these homes, but I'm afraid I might. Still, it wouldn't hurt to ask. Anyone know of such a site?
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Post by annis » Mon October 20th, 2008, 7:47 pm

I'm wondering if you might find some of the non-fiction books around of use, like Barry Davies "Converting Old Buildings Into Homes" This is an English production, and when you check out the link, you'll see some other examples of related books on the same subject.
It goes through the processes and give some examples.
It could be worth checking out the local library.
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Post by Rowan » Mon October 20th, 2008, 8:08 pm

Thanks annis, but it seems a lot of those books are DIY. It's just the type of house I would like for my main character to live in and I'm trying to find a few photos to base my ideas from. I was thinking a real estate site would be best as they usually show photos of all of the rooms in the house.

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Post by Carla » Tue October 21st, 2008, 6:04 pm

I doubt there would be anywhere with a comprehensive list because there are just so many. Within a few minutes walk of my home I can think of a chapel and an old hospital that have been converted and that's without even trying. Pubs and small village schools frequently get converted, as do old shops, workshops and factories. What sort of house do you want your character to live in? If you have an idea of the approximate size (mansion? mansion converted into flats or apartments? individual house?) and location (town, city, country), that would help. And does the previous use of the house affect the character or the plot? - if so, what previous use would you like? It's probably possible to find, say, a converted village schoolhouse or a flat in a converted factory, or a church divided into three houses, if you have a clear idea of what you're after.
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Post by Rowan » Tue October 21st, 2008, 7:10 pm

Let's see if I can answer all of your questions...

First, I think a small 2-bedroom house would be appropriate. Nothing huge and outrageous, which is why I was thinking a village school converted would be a good size.

Second, there are two counties in particular that would be ideal within the context of the story, such as it is at the moment: Lancashire and Somerset.

Third, specific previous use of the building has no affect on the character other than her friend who is an estate agent thought it might be interesting for her to live in a building that's historic with a bit of character, yet also something affordable.

Does that help?

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Post by EC2 » Tue October 21st, 2008, 8:18 pm

You could try googling various combinations Rowan.
I typed 'Village Schoolhouse + Somerset' into Google and got this url for a self catering home straight away.
http://www.somerset-selfcatering.co.uk/house.htm
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Post by Carla » Wed October 22nd, 2008, 11:41 am

EC - that's exactly the sort of approach I was thinking of. I turned up this converted school in Nottingham (now a bed and breakfast) with a similar search: http://www.oldschoolmews.co.uk/
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Post by EC2 » Wed October 22nd, 2008, 11:52 am

[quote=""Carla""]EC - that's exactly the sort of approach I was thinking of. I turned up this converted school in Nottingham (now a bed and breakfast) with a similar search: http://www.oldschoolmews.co.uk/[/quote]

Hah! I KNOW that one because it's only a few miles away from me! Small world! They have a flourishing book shop in Lowdham despite it only having a population of 3,000 and an annual book and music festival. I went to see folk band Show of Hands at Lowdham in June.
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Post by Vanessa » Wed October 22nd, 2008, 12:08 pm

Our old school house was converted into two small cottages and a post office (it must've been the smallest post office in the world as it was about two foot square, only room for one person at a time!). The post office has recently been closed down, so the building is now three small cottages!
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Post by Carla » Wed October 22nd, 2008, 3:41 pm

EC - Small world indeed!

Vanessa - the converted post office sounds like it must be a really tiny cottage!
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