I used to live near Swindon and there's a place called Barbary Castle ... which ain't a castle. It's the earthworks of an old hillfort and acts like a little circuit for people to walk their dogs round and enjoy the view. I always though a really nice bit of reconstruction would work a treat, maybe with a live-in community of re-enactors.
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full time job." – Lt. Bromhead to Prince Dabulamanzi before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
i am going a little of track here from the opening posts, but this is one house I wish was still about so that I could see....
My 3 x geat grandfather was Sir James Brunlees the Victorian Engineer and he lived in a house called Argyle Lodge directly opposite WImbledon common.
The house looks fantastic and I wish it was still about but was knocked down in the 50's
We have tried to compare it to other houses around the area with the same scale and I guestimate it at about £10 million at todays prices. His son ( my 2 x great grandfather ) lost the family money in a dispute with the railway companies over the rights of electrifying the lines of the Mersey Rail Tunnel (which 'Sir Jimmy' built).
Below are two snippets of deatails of sales from the Times at different points.