east of england buildings preservation trust

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Illustration of Wisteria House, Mepal by Chris Hawkins - EEBPT Secretary

East of England Buildings Preservation Trust logoWisteria House (Coles Farm), Mepal

The house today owes its present appearance to works undertaken in the 1830's and 40's by the then owner William Cole. He considerably enlarged and remodelled an existing eighteenth century farmhouse in an imposing Neo-classical stye. His improvements added large reception rooms on the ground floor and bedrooms above.

This extension and remodellng work was to an earlier, four bay, eighteenth century, two storey brick and tile roofed house. The farmhouse was Cole's principal residence from which he administered a considerable estate in the local parishes comprising several farms. An usual feature for a working farm was the division of the pleasure garden from the house by a serpentine boundary wall . There was also on the site an eighteenth century or older dovecote that survived into the 1970's.

Unfortunately the property had been empty and sadly neglected for some 30 years when the Trust finally acquired it in 1994. Accordingly, it was in urgent need of emergency repairs.

The Trust restored the envelope of the building in 1995 and then offered the property For Sale on a lease offering the buyer the opportunity to acquire the freehold upon satisfactory completion of an agreed programme of restoration works.