Mar & Sep 2009
Abandoned and dilapidated
In 2009, there is an air of abandonment and dilapidation surrounding Zimapan. An old, ramshackle garden gate
hangs forlornly, half-unhinged and twisted towards the garden, offering easy access from the adjacent St
Day-to-Scorrier Road. The apparent absence of occupants and its apalling state of disrepair is a sad legacy to the
system of 'listing' buildings, which is supposed to protect and preserve buildings of special social and
Photo: Zimapan, 4 March 2009
Garden resembles fly-tip
A car is parked in the middle of the
garden that resembles a fly-tip. A red tarpaulin lies bundled up on the ground against the garden wall, an old
oven-and-grill unit, miscellaneous building debris and pot plants lie unceremoniously dumped outside the house. The
garden, which saw better days in the late 1920s, is now badly in need of some TLC.
While on holiday in Cornwall in September
2009, Pauline Fanning (née Straker) revisited Zimapan and found the condition of the house
"shocking and desperately sad".