Reader letter: Buildings deserve respect

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For as long as I can remember, councils at March have displayed apathy for the town’s oldest buildings (Citizen Heritage letter, July 24).

Years ago, a fine cottage (1658) was allowed to be demolished in Church Street. The 18th Century White Lion public house shared a similar fate. In the Causeway, a group of old cottages, the Long Eight, built circa 1825, were pulled down. There was nothing wrong with them. They were of peculiar interest, the materials coming from the demolition of Norman Cross French prisoner-of-war camp where thousands of Napoleon’s soldiers of Waterloo fame were incarcerated.

A few other cottages of similar materials built at the same time along Field Baulk, March, were destined for the same fate. I complained to the relevant planning authority at March and one or two cottages were saved. They received sympathetic restoration and are lived in. Such places are ideal starter homes. A few years ago, I published a booklet about Audmoor House which dates from the 18th Century. It was originally known as Hythe House from an ancient stream nearby.

Built by a local farmer who had fields along Burrowmoor Road, it is a fine building of the Georgian type and deserves respect by owners and planning departments alike.

Trevor Bevis

March