Listed family home set to rise from the ashes after devastating fire

Town House, on the left of the picture, following the fire. Picture: Nick Butcher

Town House, on the left of the picture, following the fire. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A family home destroyed with a neighbouring pub in a devastating blaze could be set to rise like a phoenix from the ashes.

Ingham Swan fire 11.09.2017 Picture Mark Newstead/suppliedIngham Swan fire 11.09.2017 Picture Mark Newstead/supplied

The Grade 2 listed Town House, next to the Ingham Swan, was gutted in the fire which ripped through the buildings last September.

Tom and Sarah Scott, who lived there, were away on holiday, and have had to live elsewhere since the blaze.

They issued a statement afterwards describing their loss. They said: “Our much-loved family home of 35 years was where we raised our three children and had once been the village shop and post office, and central to village life for a very long time.”

Plans have now been lodged with North Norfolk District Council to replace the building’s roof and windows and repair the walls.

Town House and the Ingham Swan before the fire.Town House and the Ingham Swan before the fire.

Following the fire, much of the building’s timbers had to be removed as part of emergency works to make the building safe. This also included the removal of the gable end wall on the right-hand side of the property.

A design, access and heritage statement submitted with the plans said: “The aim of the proposed works is to reinstate a listed property following a fire causing extensive damage throughout.”

“The construction of the roof has been designed from past photos and evidence on site. A full replacement of the main roof will be required, using the same material where available.

“The windows located in the areas affected are mainly timber-framed Georgian sash windows. These will be replaced due to extensive damage. These will be manufactured bespoke.

“We intend to replace the roof throughout in solid oak timbers. There will be rebuilding of chimney stacks and the gable end wall,

“All ceilings are to be replaced throughout. All external and internal features will be reinstated like for like.”

Meanwhile, bosses at the Ingham Swan aim to be back in business later this year.

Owner Greg Adjemian said last month that the rebuild was going very well. He said: “We’ve set a reopening date for this year - my personal goal is to reopen by October.”

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