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"There was a crooked man.."
« on: September 07, 2011, 19:31:31 pm »
"..and he built a crooked house". Well, this has to be the most photographed building in Canterbury, after the Cathedral of course. Now (September 2011) vacant and to let, this house saw recent service as a shop for The King's School, but over the years has hosted various businesses. Officially known as Sir John Boys House, it is a bizarrely skewed 17th century half-timbered building at the extreme end of Palace Street, with projecting jetties onto Palace and King Streets. The house reputedly gained its rather dangerous look after alterations to an internal chimney caused the structure to slip sideays. Attempts to rectify the slippage actually caused the whole structure to skew further sideways, though now the building is braced by an internal steel frame and quite, quite safe. Possibly..  ;D

First photograph dates to the period 1925 - 1935, the rest by me in August 2011.
 
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Re: "There was a crooked man.."
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 08:42:19 am »
"There was a crooked man.."
Thought the next line was going to be "and he became an MP"  :o
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Re: "There was a crooked man.."
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 09:50:35 am »
 :D :D :D
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Re: "There was a crooked man.."
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012, 14:20:19 pm »
Two pictures from the 1970's.
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Re: "There was a crooked man.."
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2014, 22:31:32 pm »
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Re: "There was a crooked man.."
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2014, 23:36:59 pm »
Oh, and there was me expecting to find something about Nicholas van Hoogstraaten under that title!  ;)

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Re: "There was a crooked man.."
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2023, 14:18:45 pm »
Been scanning lots of old postcards in my collection, I've found several of this building but the views are all pretty much the same, apart from this one.
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Re: "There was a crooked man.."
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2023, 15:38:18 pm »
The Austin A35 (TUY 645) should help to date the image.

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Re: "There was a crooked man.."
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2023, 09:57:59 am »

 TUY645 was issued by Worcestershire CC from August to October 1957. Number 645 was probably issued during September 1957.
 This might not directly relate to the precise age of the car though as numbers were not necessarily taken up as soon as they were issued.
 Numbers were issued to dealers or agents in batches of ten or twenty at a time depending on sales and only registered as cars were sold.
 TUY645 isn't registered today so presumably long scrapped!