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The ruins of High Beeches
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The ruins of High Beeches

With the catastrophic damage caused to High Beeches mansion and the three lives lost in 1943, Col. Giles Loder could not bring himself to have the property demolished. I have no doubt that the events of that terrible night weighed heavily on his mind.
It was not until after Colonel Loder died in 1966 aged 81, that the house was demolished in the following year.
During those 24 years the ruins had been generally tidied up and had simply become a monument within the gardens. However, at the end it was decided that the ruins were not stable and were therefore removed.
The Large Version shows another view of the house before the demolition men moved in.
On 13th March 1943, the day following the incident when an enormous Halifax bomber dropped out of the sky, laid waste a large country house, and caused the deaths of three staff, the Times newspaper reported the event as shown by clicking on Open Document.
Did the reporter not spot the Halifax? Or was it censored? What do you think?

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Picture added on 13 January 2015 at 17:41
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My father, Bill Jones, took a dramatic photograph of the derelict High Beeches house sometime in the early 1960s.
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Added by Gayle Jones-Smith (Canada) on 28 January 2018
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