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Hay Presto! Farmer Unveils the 'Illegal' Mock-Tudor Castle He Tried to Hide Behind 40ft Hay Bales - UK/England

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- 4135 days ago -
Hiding a needle in a haystack is easy enough. But Robert Fidler kept something much bigger concealed among the piles of straw down on his farm... a castle. Over the course of two years, he managed to secretly - and unlawfully - build the imposing mock


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Jim Phillips (3247)
Friday January 25, 2008, 11:57 pm
Ah, the people in the area are just plain jealous. His castle is most likely adds to the property values in the neighborhood.

Chrissy N (118)
Saturday January 26, 2008, 12:37 am
The house itself is beautiful. Although he should have done the right thing, at least it's not ugly or thrown together.

. (0)
Saturday January 26, 2008, 10:00 am
It is a gorgeous building but it doesn't excuse the fact that this man deliberately schemed to circumvent the laws. Either have laws or do not have laws but it is grossly unfair that people who choose to be devious enough to cheat the law should prosper while others are forced to obey that same law.
Noted with thanks, Chrissy.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2008, 2:29 pm
"It was a complete shock when the hay came down and this castle was in its place. Everyone else has to abide by planning laws, so why shouldn't they?"

Dana Sartin (3)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 7:39 am
I agree he should not have done this, however, destroying the house is
ridiculous, I think. Surely there is some other punishment they could


Dana Sartin (3)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 7:44 am
While I agree he should not have done this, I think demolishing the home is a
ridiculous idea. There could be some other penalty.
For people to talk literally destroying a child's home and causing great
financial loss to a family...and worse...destroying valuable building
materials while the planet is suffering from irresponsible use of
resources is just irresponsible thinking on the planning board's
part, from my view...
Sad story

Dana Sartin (3)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 7:45 am
oops sorrry bout that ... tried to post once, it didn't appeat so redid and posted again...DJ

Karen Tyrrell (11)
Monday January 28, 2008, 9:19 am
I heard this on the news here in the UK a couple days ago. The building is hideous, and would destroy property values for neighbours because a) it's an eyesore, and b) it is totally out of keeping with the area.

The farmer must have known he wouldn't get planning permission so decided to try and get round the rules, so the monstrosity must be destroyed for the good of everyone, and to stop other selfish so-and-so's diong the same. This farnmers children will be homeless because of their fathers willfull disregard for rules and respect for his community, I'm sure their dad could get plenty of money hawking his pathetic story round the TV networks and papers to buy a new home.

Love to all

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