Distraught by the state of Zimapan
Pauline Straker's sentiment is also shared by Pam Prentice who, while visiting friends in Cornwall in
October, popped over to Scorrier to take a look at Zimapan. "I was distraught at the state of
Zimapan", Pam said. "At least when Pete and I lived there it was in reasonable condition, but it is looking
Pam rang the bell, hoping she could speak to the current occupants, but no-one answered, and so came to the
conclusion that the property was unoccupied. Pam found the garden gate was broken, and the front garden full of
rubble, giving the impression that someone had fly-tipped there. An old shed in the front garden was falling apart.
There was an air of total disrepair about the house and grounds.
Front garden & porch
"The front porch was full of ladders suggesting that some maintenance work was
being carried out".
"The 'paddock' [ed. described as 'dangerous ground']
was completely overgrown and the paddock gate was broken".
Kitchen & back garden (nth
"Everything was rotten. The back garden was totally overgrown with brambles".
Old curtains still hung in the windows, but were drawn. Pam recognised the curtains as the same as
the ones she had made when she had lived there between 1987 and 1989.
On the other side, she came across a "really unusual Cornish stone wall which had been built
outside the French doors. It went up to about four foot". Pamela assumed that it had been built
there in order "to stop burglars being able to open the doors. Looks very strange". The
bay window was "completely rotten" and the side entrance (exit door) was "full of
old pots and rubbish".
Christine Massey's (née Humphries) daughter,
, still lives across the road from Zimapan
She confirmed that Zimapan
was burgled after the Prentices had moved out to their new home [ed. end
1989], and that she moved in there with her mother, while renting out their own cottage.
"The boiler room was in a "total mess".
"I'm not sure what will become of Zimapan. In my opinion, says Pam Prentice, it needs at least £200,000
spending on it. It only has minimal bedrooms. By today's standards, the house is far too large to cope with as a