15th November 2021
Canterbury is an attractive city, with numerous listed buildings from churches and abbeys to banks and almshouses. Practically the whole lane where this building resides is of historical interest. Although not many other properties in Canterbury have deteriorated to this degree of decrepitude. Plainly it was not always called The Scrap Yard House, nor was it always roofed with corrugated iron – both details mentioned in the Historic England listing. At Grade II it doesn’t qualify for inclusion in the Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register, but it is on the local authority’s and richly deserves to be on SAVE’s.
It needs money surely, but unlike so many larger buildings it doesn’t require great imagination to come up with a reuse. Its most recent incarnation was as a garage – the old breakers were once adjacent and up until five years ago, the owner ran a body work repair business from the property – but other interesting buildings on the street are shops and houses. Behind is a residential area, with a mix of old and new, and some good trees.
The services of Rochester Building and Damp were recently employed by the owner of the property, who now resides in sheltered accommodation in Devon. Chemical injection DPC has now been installed throughout the property to ensure a complete cessation of rising damp. As the property is now up for sale privately without the involvement of an estate agent, anyone interested in an opportunity to buy a still affordable Grade II Listed Building in a state of disrepair can contact Rochester Building and Damp directly and we will pass on your enquiry to the owners representative.