Heritage Wrecker Award: Martin Harmon for Bulldozing 17th Century Gridley’s Cottage

19 June, 2010 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

I feel those who destroy our landscape and  heritage should get their own award. Society doesn’t make their lives easy, with its restrictions and laws and general peskiness about preserving history. Few people understand that it’s hard work ruining our heritage, so let’s show those who have committed their lives to this difficult task some love and recognition, I say! And let’s start with Mr. Martin Harmon.

Langham villagers furious as house is reduced to rubble

A picturesque thatched cottage has disappeared from a village street scene – just one day after developers gave planners four weeks’ notice of their intention to demolish it.

Rather than starting small and flattening some old wall in his garden, Mr. Harmon reached for the stars and bulldozed down 17th century Gridley’s cottage  in Langham. Well, he didn’t do it himself, so we have to deduct some points, but he did so without waiting for the approval of his application by Colchester Council, and so he really deserves this award.

Outstanding work, good Sir, bravo! Look at the result  – how could anybody deny the positive impact of Mr. Harmon’s actions?

BEFORE

Gridley's Cottage in 2009, picture by Andrew Stacy

AFTER

Residents in front of the pile of rubble

Unfortunately Mr. Harmon, like most great visionaries, was greatly misunderstood by local authorities who blocked his ambitions and threw out his plans:

Langham: Gridleys’ developer must think again

They criticised the road-facing position of Mr Harmon’s chosen design, its “block” form, proportions and visual impact, adding such a property would “undermine the historic, cultural and local associations with the site and the historic character of the location”.

Our hearts go out to Mr. Harmon. Maybe he could set up a tent on the rubble for the time being…?

Neither Mr. Harmon nor his agent in this matter, Mark Perkins of Mark Perkins Partnership in Langenhoe, wish to comment on the incident. How unfortunate. We would have loved to give them their award personally.

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