December 27, 2008: This was the scene Friday at mid-afternoon. How reminiscent of a bomb site it is, with stranded hearths and a washing machine dangling from the remnants of that second floor room in the middle! Only the bottom half of the front wall remains. Even our balcony is gone - we thought that at least that could have been saved. Photos are here, together with some email reaction we've received.
The demolition gang arrived early Christmas Eve apparently and the result is 6 feet of rubble right across the site, with smoke still curling up in places. At the back, large amounts have already been cleared - how fast people can work when Christmas dinner awaits, eh?
Several emails have been received from people keen to express their thoughts, so a special page will be uploaded shortly with their comments and more photos. Not all are complementary about the response to the fire.
The destruction of this great building is tragic and a loss not only to Hatherleigh but to the nation. We understand that discussions about re-building are already taking place locally. Surely, conservation organisations everywhere will be interested too? Hatherleigh.net will support any positive campaign of course if someone can let us know what is needed.
PS: This site received more than 6 times the normal average daily number of visitors on Wednesday, and the number has been consistently twice the average since then.