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96 London Road Girtford

96 London Road March 2010
96 London Road March 2010

96 London Road was listed by the former Department of Environment in December 1979 as Grade II, of special interest. The department dated the property to the 17th century. It is a timber-framed building in an L-plan, refaced in whitewashed brick comprising one storey and attics under a concrete tile roof.

The Rating and Valuation Act 1925 specified that every building and piece of land in the country was to be assessed to determine its rateable value. Sandy, like most of the county, was assessed in 1927 and the valuer visiting 96 London Road [DV1/C29/5] found it owned and occupied by market gardener Cyril Crawley.

The house comprised two living rooms, a kitchen and a scullery and four bedrooms above. There was also a lumber room with a room over. A brick and tiled washhouse and w. c. stood outside. The valuer commented: “Nice front”. Adjoining were a brick and tiled shed and loft and a thatched shed along with “old timber buildings, useless”. The valuer’s final observation was: “Part of house is very old and hardly able to be used. Whole dilapidated from disuse”.