So much being lost
November 29, 2007
You can then add to this list a number of other buildings which are currently boarded up, and some which were and have recently been demolished, notably on the site behind the Clockhouse overlooking the Farnborough Road junction with Union Street where the house is no more.
Courtbourn on Albert Road has also been boarded up for some time after improvements to it were not undertaken, and the former RAF quarters on Farnborough Road, now concealed by a wall of trees, have also been derelict for some time.
These buildings are amongst a startling number that have been either demolished or redeveloped over the years, and often not for the better. Details of almost 80 of these are on the Historic Farnborough web site (www.historicfarnborough.co.uk) launched earlier this year and show the extent of what has been lost.
The state of Ferneberga House is a sad indictment of the state that some of Farnborough’s most notable landmarks have fallen into. And with the new town centre developments and replacement for the Concept Building shortly to be visible it is timely to be thinking about preserving what’s good about Farnborough’s heritage and ensuring planners and developers cannot just disregard this in any future developments.
Jon Cole, Ash Tree Close, Farnborough
++ The bulldozers have also moved into Chrismas Lodge in Aldershot this week