50 years as a family home
THERE hasn’t been a time when The Laurels was not looked upon as a family home – just ask Judy Scotney who has lived there for 50 years.
Judy, retired former British Sugar worker of 41 years, has lived in the Victorian detached house, in a prominent position in London Road, since she moved in with parents and brother Michael as a teenager in 1960.
“We have always viewed this property as a family home,” said Judy. “it is close to the city centre and, of course, was very convenient for getting to British Sugar.”
It has retained a wealth of charm and character synonymous with Victorian times – the house was built in 1890. Namely, original coving, ceiling roses and fireplaces.
However, according to Judy, the period feel could be further enhanced as a number of features, such as dado rails, servants’ bells and stained glass window were removed by her parents. Furthermore, the stairs have been blocked in.
Little has changed at The Laurels in the last 50 years except for redecorating – it needs modernising.
“The house is very spacious and offers plenty of potential,” said Judy, whose family had decided to downsize.
A privet hedge borders the front garden, a mainly lawned space with borders.
A path leads to the front door which opens to a porch and entrance hall.
Either side of the hall are the two bay-windowed front rooms, the dining room and sitting room.
Both rooms are typically high-ceilinged, light and spacious, and are south facing.
There is original coving and ceiling roses, and stone fireplaces housing coal-effect electric fires which are mirror images of one another.
The kitchen houses an Aga – “which has been here forever,” according to Judy – and is used as a cooker and water heater. There is a hatch to the dining room, with a hot plate in front of it and side bay window.
At the rear is a butler’s pantry with a meat safe, cupboards and shelving, and two further stores, which provide the opportunity to extend, as well as update, the kitchen.
There is a utility room which is plumbed for a washing machine, tumble dryer and water softener, and houses the central heating boiler. It also, curiously, has a pump when primed operates two concealed wells in the garden.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, a family bathroom, studio and study.
The studio features tall windows, is a light and airy room, and faces on to the rear garden.
One of the bedrooms comes with a corner wash basin, and the two main bedrooms at the front of the house feature tall, round arched windows.
The bathroom is a good size, and is fitted with a white suite comprising a bath, wash basin with cupboard space under and WC.
A study area has power points and storage.
Outside, a driveway leads to triple-length tandem garage.
At the rear, the garden is walled and mainly lawn.
There is a former coal store, garden shed formerly Michael’s aviary, and a vegetable plot.
old friend: The kitchen features an Aga “which has been here forever.”