A reinstatement…….

....as it was

….as it was

A landmark on one of my favourite local cycle routes has been the derelict Baptist Chapel School in the village of Little Staughton, north Bedfordshire. We have watched this building deteriorate over several years until, one day, it was deemed too dangerous to be ignored.

......as it is now

……as it is now

Local councillors then debated its future until, eventually, they came to a decision to allow it to be restored and converted into a two bedroom house. With the chapel’s burial ground immediately behind the new house, the new incumbents will have very quiet neighbours…………

....and after a very cold spell, it was a great day to be back out on the bike

….and after a very cold spring, it was a great day to be back out on the bike

Oilseed rape, decorative but pungent....

Oilseed rape, decorative but pungent….



About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on May 27, 2013, in Aspects of Britain, Cycling UK and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. peter staples

    Having grown up in The Old Bakery, then moved on to
    The Old Smithy, I wonder if the new owners have called it The Old School House … (?)

  2. It’s good to see old religious buildings being re-used, and in the case of Little Staughton, the owners seem to have done a sympathetic job of the conversion. There is undoubtedly a certain sadness witnessing in the demise of a worshipping community, even if we may think that the people are more important than any building.

    Recently while cycling from Carlisle Station to visit my father in Newcastleton (Scottish Borders), I visited the old Quaker meeting house at Thornyland. It is in a worse state than this Baptist school building. Its roof is collapsed in, though the walls are still standing. Despite being a Grade 2 listed building, and on the ‘endangered buildings’ list for the City of Carlisle, nothing seems to be happening about promoting its re-use. I wondered what to do about it, and who to contact to see if there are any moves for preservation and adaptation.

    • It is sad when local authorities wait until buildings reach a crisis point before they decide to act. Much the same happened with Warren House in Kimbolton…….after many years of deterioration, it has now been restored by Landmark Trust, and converted into a very nice holiday let.

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