Sasha August 6, 2014 at 9:06 am:
‘This is the derelict boathouse on Platts Eyott, Hampton and on the English Heritage “at risk” register – a big shed, with a canal already in place. Looks perfect to me:
Timber-framed boathouse built 1917 by Augustine Alban Hamilton Scott for the Thorneycroft firm to build torpedo boats for the Admiralty.
Alexis August 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm:
‘ . . I used to row past both sides of it and was fascinated by the crumbling boathouse where WW1 and 2 MTB’s were built and launched. Sadly the listed boathouse, no:4 has been falling down for years despite the sturdy Belfast trusses, which, by the way, supported many wartime aircraft hangars – four of which still stand today at Duxford, built during WW1.
There is a narrow bridge onto the Eyot from the road to Lower Sunbury which precludes easy access. It is privately owned and there have been plans for a “Port Hampton”, however I believe that the local councillors are firmly opposed to the proposed development. Perhaps a site visit by the Friends and a meet with the owners might be worthwhile? I suspect it will quickly rule the Eyot in or out as an option . . ’
Alexis August 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm:
‘ . . Sascha, Platts Eyot is well worth an explore because its quite odd, as am I, since I like old industrial and military buildings. I’m not sure if you need permission, I didn’t a few years ago, so, since there are commercial offices on the Eyot it should still be OK. The car park is on the left just before the Lady Eleanor Holles school boathouse going towards Lower Sunbury. Otherwise google it.’
Grid reference: TQ133691