National TV shows restoration of historic Southam home

By Kevin Unitt 22/08 Updated: 23/08 12:22

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Sally and Stuart Forgan with one of their daughters, Scarlett, after buying the Tudor Home in Southam two years ago. (s)

A SOUTHAM couple's expensive and long-running battle to restore their Tudor home to its former glories has featured on a BBC show.

Sally and Stuart Forgan spent £330,000 on the run-down 16th century property in Abbey Lane two years ago.

And their plans to restore it to former glories – at a cost of £150,000 and beyond – was shown on BBC Two's 'Restoration Home' last Wednesday night (August 15).

In the hour-long show, which is still available to view online on BBC i-player, the timber skeleton of the house was shown to be particularly frail, with concrete put over it in more recent times damaging the building further.

After several delays in reconstruction, while extra funds were found, the home was eventually fully restored and ready earlier this summer for the couple – Stuart a London solicitor and Sally a managing director of the marketing company in Warwick - to live in with their two young daughters Scarlett and Florence.

Show presenter Caroline Quentin was shown visiting the home throughout the two-year rebuild, and was left astonished at the scale of its transformation by the end.

Another aspect of the show discussed the history of Southam dating back to the 1600s when the house was thought to have been built.

An historian spoke to Bernard Cadogan of Southam's historical Cardall Collection in a bid to learn more about the property and Abbey Lane.

It was later discovered via London archives that Southam in the 1600s – then spelt 'Sowtham' – had been on land owned by prominent MP Sir Edmund Knightley, an influential friend of Henry VIII.

Watch the show at BBC i-player to see how the house was transformed.

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How the historic home looked before its restoration. (s)

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