See sells Zimapan after 30 years
The deed of conveyance of the house, garden and additional land, which shows that Brian See sold
Zimapan on 8 December 2008, refers to two interested parties:
Tony Arthur Leigh
Karen Vicki Leigh
Almost nothing is known about this couple, except that they live in the Chichester area. It is assumed
that they are property investors. The vendor, Brian See, is a close friend of the purchasers. As
far as is known, the Leighs do not occupy the property themselves and have not let the property to a local.
The couple have plans to make some changes or improvements to the property, but the details have
not been divulged to the author.1 The house was bought with a mortgaged
loan through Redstone
Mortgages PLC, St John Street, London.
A mineral reservation made on the
property back at the end of the nineteenth century still applies.
The old title deeds
all refer to a messuage2 and dwelling house (i.e. Zimapan). An old
search of the area indicates that there is an old mine shaft known
as Trenane's Shaft thought to pre-date 1872, lying in the south-west corner of the
The 1978 title plan
As a reminder, in the 1978 title plan, the boundary lines were drawn in red (Zimapan's original land) and in
green for the additional ('waste') land bought in 1953.4 At this point, the lay-by still falls within Zimapan's property
boundary. (See 1978
The 2008 title plan
In the 2008 title plan, however, a
thick red line has been drawn around the entire perimeter of the property, thereby enclosing two separate land
components (original and additional land of 1953) into one. The original land (pre-1953) is now shown as a
blue-shaded block, while the additional land is shown as a pink-shaded block.5
The 'middle boundary', the dotted line separating the blue and pink-shaded areas is "no longer relevant, as both
plots of land now fall under one ownership. This is because the person who would benefit and the responsibility
[ed. for the fencing] are the same person".6
Zimapan's lost lay-by
From a comparison of the 1978 and 2008 title plans, it would appear that Zimapan has somehow lost its
lay-by, because the lay-by space now falls outside Zimapan's 1978 boundary; in the 1978
Conveyance, the western boundary of the property clearly ran parallel with the road. This is no longer the case.
The boundary of Zimapan in the 2008 conveyance suddenly appears to run along the line of the curved,
stone garden wall on the road side. How did this change come about and who effected it? This issue was the
subject of a dispute between the current owners and the party responsible for redrawing Zimapan's
The dispute about the lay-by was resolved in 2009. For further details, see the interview with
Ian K. Nelson, solicitor for the current owners.
Proceeds of the sale
The house sold for £240,000, providing Brian See with a 236.8% return on his investment over a 30 year period,
giving him an average annual yield of 7.89% before deducting three years of renovation
costs and legal fees.7
on photographs of the building taken in April and October 2009, considerable repair and exterior decoration is
2. Messuage: a dwelling house, with the adjacent buildings and curtilage, and the
adjoining lands appropriated to the use of the household. Curtilage: A yard, courtyard, or piece of ground, included
within the fence surrounding a dwelling house.
3. Mining Activity Search, Cornwall
Consultants, Redruth, Cornwall, 1997.
4. Official copy of the 1978 Conveyance and
Title Plan, The Land Registry, 12 March 1978.
5. Extract of the 2008 Title and Plan
for Zimapan, The Land Registry, 16
6. Ian K. Nelson.
7. Sale price (£240,000) minus purchase price
(£71250) = £168,750. 168750/71250 x 100/1 = 236.8%/30.