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Old Yew Tree Cottage Latest – May 2021

Old Yew Tree Cottage was let out in 2020 to a family who moved out last month. We had hoped to take advantage of the Stamp Duty Land Tax  (SDLT) holiday to sell it to provide funds for our next project. We ended up with two offers above the level we received when we marketed it in 2019. Unfortunately, our buyer pulled out and by then the underbidder had had an offer accepted on another property. As there was insufficient time to find another buyer who could complete before the SDLT holiday ended, the Board took the decision to let it again, particularly as as there is currently a lack of good quality family sized homes to rent.

It is our intention to market OYTC again next Easter, 2022.

Old Yew Tree Cottage Latest – March 2020

Old Yew Tree Cottage, Wrecclesham has been on the market for several months but while there has been interest from a number of parties, no acceptable offer to buy has been received.

An opportunity arose to let OYTC on a 12 month basis at a very good rental and in view of not having any immediate future project needing funds, the Board agreed to accept this rental offer in early March 2020.

It is envisaged that OYTC will be put back on the market in 9-12 months time.

Apart from the Trust benefitting by receiving a good income, the cottage will also benefit from being lived in.

2020 Verney lecture – The Renovation Challenges of West Horsley Place

The Verney Lecture for 2020 will be on West Horsley Place and the renovation challenges of a Grade 1 historic house after half a century without maintenance

Please note that the lecture has been postponed until next year

The speaker will be Peter Pearce, Director of the Mary Roxburghe Trust, and the lecture will be held at St Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8DJ (note the change of venue) on Thursday 2nd April 2020 .

Doors open at 7pm, refreshments, talk starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets are £4 for members, £5 for non-members, buy on the door.

AGM 5th July 2019 and the Trustees’ Report

The Trustees’ Report for 2018 was presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Farnham Trust at the Garden Gallery, Museum of Farnham, West Street, Farnham on Friday 5th July 2019

After the formal part of the meeting, there was a fascinating talk by local historian Roy Waight on “The amazing story of More House School and the Frensham Circus”.

The AGM is open to all members of the Farnham Trust and we welcome new members who support our aims. Membership is free entitling you to attend open meetings and our AGM. We also hold occasional visits to current projects. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us at .


Farnham Building Preservation Trust short listed for Surrey Heritage Award

The Farnham Building Preservation Trust was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Surrey Heritage Awards for conservation works and restoration of a 16th century building, Old Yew Tree Cottage in Wrecclesham. The Awards recognise “Best Practice” in historic building conservation in Surrey, looking in particular for examples of projects that breathe new life into neglected buildings.

Trust Chairman Martin Lloyd and Lucy Rodd at the awards

When the Farnham Trust purchased the Grade II listed Old Yew Tree Cottage in 2015 it was in urgent need of care and attention to save and restore it, returning it to practical use and ensuring its survival into the future. The Trust’s aim was to conserve the building using traditional materials and techniques, adding a sympathetic extension to allow the building to be used and lived in. The Trust also chose to prepare a detailed record of the history of the house and were able to use dendrochronology, or tree-ring dating, to obtain a likely construction date of 1551 for the oldest part of the building.

The vision was to bring the building into the 21st century in a sympathetic way and make it suitable for modern life. Unsuitable modern materials that had been used in past repairs were stripped back, and the building was then conserved using the traditional materials that were essential to maintain it appropriately for the future. The timber frame needed many repairs, and while the work was in progress it was found necessary to include a complete roof replacement, because previous repairs had caused rot in the timbers.

In addition, as part of the project a new entrance wing was added. In designing this the Trust adopted an honest approach, making sure that the old and the new would sit comfortably, side by side. The project was completed at the beginning of this year and Old Yew Tree Cottage is now on the market awaiting its new owner. The lucky owner will have the advantage of benefiting from the extensive professional repairs and improvements that the Farnham Trust has carried out, leaving it ready for occupation.

The Surrey Heritage Awards are organised by The Surrey Historic Buildings Trust, and the awards event was held at the stunning West Horsley Place, courtesy of the Mary Roxburghe Trust and Bamber Gascoigne, on Wednesday 27 March 2019. The six shortlisted projects were judged by a panel of experts including chief judge Matthew Slocombe, Director of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). The Trust’s Patron, Michael More-Molyneux, Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey presented the awards with Parklands Farm Granary, Ockley being named the overall winner.

Old Yew Tree Cottage Wrecclesham on the market

We are pleased to announce that our renovation of Old Yew Tree Cottage is now complete and is on the market through our agents Savilles.

Full details are here

This is a rare opportunity to own a character property that has undergone a thorough restoration and upgrade, offering a unique chance to live in this charming property without many of the usual worries.

FBPT 50th Anniversary Art & Writing Competition

On Saturday 13th October, we held a very well attended prize giving at the Bush Hotel for our 50th Anniversary Art & Writing Competition.

Nearly a hundred and fifty rose to the challenge we set to local schoolchildren in years R to 6 to produce a piece of artwork or write about a building that inspires them in or around Farnham. The judges were faced with the almost impossible task of deciding who should be awarded the first, second and third prizes in each of the three age groups.

The Farnham Herald were there to report and photograph the winners alongside the Mayor and Martin Lloyd, the chairman of the FBPT; you can read the article here.

Old Yew Tree Cottage Progress November 2018

The renovation work at Old Yew Tree Cottage draws to a close and we are hopeful that the builders will complete and hand the property over to us in the next few weeks; we are now actively working on marketing the property with our chosen agent, Andrew Lodge.

We opened the property to the public during Heritage Open Days in early September and enjoyed the opportunity to show 55 visitors around and give them a chance to see what we have been doing. Many of the visitors had visited in the previous two years and were interested to see what progress had been made.

As an aside, it has never been completely clear whether the cottage was “Old Yew Tree Cottage” or just “Yew Tree Cottage” but the matter was settled when it became clear that there is another Yew Tree Cottage nearby so to avoid postal confusion we have settled on Old Yew Tree Cottage.