258 Creek Road

Jonathan sent me a very interesting query this morning, then went a good way to solving it himself, but I am wondering if anyone else has any further info on this one…

He asked about that falling-down half-building on Creek Road, that has been held up by scaffolding for bloomin’ ever. It’s an oddity – and I confess I’d always assumed that it was just dead.

He then found a news story about a bookseller, who apparently still lives inside and runs an internet bookshop with over 100,000 books from its ten rooms. David Herbert apparently did up his place some years ago (he’s been there for 35 years) but then suffered from “ill health” which prevented him from doing any more. Apparently the council has admitted responsibility for some tree roots creating subsidence (hence the scaffolding) but have presumably done nothing further because they were expecting him to move out for the Bardsley Lane development (the same that threatened the Lord Hood.) He’s digging his heels in – or was, as of the news story in July 2006.

The trail runs cold – there is nothing new that I can find. I know the Lord Hood managed a compromise, but how about Number 258? I’ve been reading recently about how Sir Christopher Wren was obliged to keep The King’s House and The Queen’s House when he was designing The Old Royal Naval College. Look what he came up with. If Sir Chris could come up with something fab under compromise circumstances, surely the Bardsley Lane guys could manage to include an old house into the new buildings?

Does anyone else know what was decided? I haven’t been able to find anything else about this – not even the online bookstore with its 100,000 books. What’s going on? I think we should be told.

The links Jonathan sent are:



One Comment to “258 Creek Road”

  1. fuad says:

    Dear Phantom,

    Very interesting local story. I am conducting research on a somewhat related issue at the University of Greenwich.

    Hotter summers and fewer opportunities for water to infiltrate the ground suggest that subsidence will get worse. This is hard to model credibly, and better to investigate through examples like this.

    Do you know of any other sites of local subsidence that have impacted homes or business?

    I am not in the insurance industry!