Spooky house on Venner Road

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Jeannie
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Spooky house on Venner Road

Post by Jeannie » 7 Nov 2006 19:20

Hello!

Does anyone know the history, if there is one, of 88 Venner Road? It looks like some kind of 1940's New Orleans'y type of house. I can just imagine singing spirituals outside! My partner and I are scared of walking outside it late at night because it is always dark and looks spooky...

Any ideas?

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Post by leaf » 7 Nov 2006 19:35

i dont know much about it and its been a while since ive been down that road,but im sure that house was discussed on another thread on here?

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Post by still_robbo » 7 Nov 2006 20:19

Yes, it was discussed on the

"VENNER ROAD 'CROFTON LODGE' DETACHED VILLA"

thread

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Post by leaf » 7 Nov 2006 20:42

http://forum.sydenham.org.uk/viewtopic. ... af00fddaf3

this thread has more info on that house.

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Post by leaf » 7 Nov 2006 20:55

just had another read through,not that much info really!

i think i'll walk pat there tmrw......if im brave enough!

*now that could be a great location for next years halloween adventure!

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Post by still_robbo » 7 Nov 2006 21:01

does anyone dare go trick or treating there?

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Post by leaf » 7 Nov 2006 21:04

can you just imagine lurch[adams family-or is it the munsters?]opening the door!!

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Post by leaf » 7 Nov 2006 21:27

:lol:

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spooky?

Post by robotfish » 8 Nov 2006 15:37

I was walking my kids up Venner Road one day and a neighbour stopped me to chat. Her ulterior motive was to try and make me take her dried chinese lantern flowers home for my wife. I digress. She lives roughly opposite 88 (and used to have a wild uncultivated but rather lovely front garden - but her husband has made her cut it back so they can park on it...grrr...I digress again).
The point is..err..oh yes. An old chap lived there until recently but died. He had neither the means nor energy to keep the house in any kind of order. The newer houses on either side used to be part of 88's garden. The rear garden is small, and mostly taken up by garages. The neighbour in question seemed to think that the house would be sold soon.

It is obviously occupied to some extent though - the front lawn is always trim, and the lights are on sometimes at night. (On Novemeber 5th I happened to pass by - again with the kids - attempting to give them a taste of fireworks night without the inconvenience of blowing my right arm off. The lights were on then.)

My oldest son (Stan, 3 1/2) has know it as the Ghost House ever since we moved to Venner Road last October. We had to hex it on Halloween.

I think it would make a great Wild West Saloon and Cathouse myself. Come on Lewisham (or is it Bromley) council: liberate those laws! My walk home from work would be so much more invigorated by a cheeky wink from a painted lady hanging from a first floor window! :wink:

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Post by leaf » 8 Nov 2006 21:32

maybe i'll buy it and paint it pink so it isnt scary anymore!!


no doubt it'll be sold and redeveloped into flats :?

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Post by still_robbo » 8 Nov 2006 22:31

It always reminds me of the Amityville Horror house - it'd be such a shame for it to be sanitised.

I hope someone with a sense of fun buys it and plays up to it's character. It's reminded me of this I read about a novel halloween display.

http://laughingsquid.com/2006/10/28/pla ... n-display/

But that's probably just my warped sense of humour....

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Post by leaf » 8 Nov 2006 22:42

that is twisted!


but to buy that house and make a feature of it........................
it would be great as an attraction,a themed attraction,think of the revenue!

*im getting silly now

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Post by still_robbo » 8 Nov 2006 22:55

Me too.... but it doesn't take too much encouragement!

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Post by Dotkin » 9 May 2007 15:35

I walked past this house a few days ago and looks like it's being done up / developed......

The house I find scary is the one on Newlands Park that is covered in ivy and pigeons. Now and again there is a light on in one window but the rest of the house is deathly dark and quiet.......

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Post by Falkor » 9 May 2007 16:09

Image
88 Venner Road, 27-Dec-1972.

I think this is the one? :D

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Post by Jules » 31 May 2007 13:24

I imagine the house will be developed into flats. It sold for £935,000.
Can't imagine anyone with that kind of money would choose to live in Venner Road, there are much nicer streets in Sydenham with houses that price.
hopefully it wont change too much.

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Post by Savvy » 31 May 2007 13:50

Jules, how did you find out about the sale? Is it advertised anywhere with photo's? How I would love to see the inside of that house.

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Post by Thomas » 1 Jun 2007 14:45

According to www.houseprices.co.uk (which records Land Registry data) it was sold in March for the figure Jules mentioned, so I don't suppose it will feature on any estate agency websites by now.

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Post by Jules » 4 Jun 2007 11:46

Savvy being a really nosey lady I get regular e-mails of recent property sales, which gives addresses and prices.

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