The Hayling View riverside mansion

Throughout the year of 1985, significant progress was made in making the connection of our two houses in Willow Close, Little Paxton, as well as acquiring adjacent riverside plots and so making extensive riverside moorings and gardens, which included the design of a full-sized games lawn for tennis, bowls and croquet. Continuing until the property's completion in 1986, these videos are referenced here together, apart from when there were films of the family made incidentally; which are either still included here or referenced elsewhere

Note The Hayling View Riverside Mansion

Created by joining together two former detached houses (Nos 6 and 7 Willow Close) this was located on the former historical site of 'Heddings Manor' (see my History of Little Paxton; a delightful location 'situated on a pleasant rise overlooking the Great Ouse', once at the riverside end of the old Little Paxton water lane).

At its height, The Hayling View riverside mansion was a magnificent family house, home to not only our own children, but those of the neighbourhood who would come as friends and use our swimming pool, house and rear gardens. It was host to my son Daniel's first wedding, Liberal Democrat political functions and press events (Where Paddy Ashdown amongst others visited) and various other charity receptions.

Its purpose-built office and library was the location for my early writings, the dual stairs,  numerous balconies interlinking corridors and link building were the ideal location for games of 'hide and seek' and many rooms the facility for every family member to have privacy and guests staying. The large adjoining conservatory had a skylight lantern for ventilation and scale and its own Koi Carp pond in two sections with a bridge adjoining. In this tropical climate there were lemon and banana trees and many other exotic plants and a table and chairs for occasional parties and dining. 

The riverside gardens were formed by buying about 5/6 former leisure plots known as The Haylings and incorporated a river-side patio and summer house, a children's 'Wendy House', a workshop and a full sized games lawn; optionally layed out for lawn bowls, tennis court or croquet lawn. Moorings of some 200ft of moorings on The River Great Ouse.

After the Broad family had grown up and left, and Diana and myself had been separated and subsequently divorced, it was impracticable for either of us to occupy it and it was sold as an entity; and then taken over by  actor Melvyn Hayes (then retired from the 1970s BBC sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum and latterly featuring in East Enders) who housed a large family of children and step-children. Eventually occupied by one of them and somewhat run down, it was then bought by a developer and split up; the houses made single again and the gardens divided. The swimming pool and Koi Carp pond were filled in with rubble and its demise a rather sad event to those who had enjoyed many happy times living there. 

 

Creation of The Hayling View (Part 1,) video4

Hayling View Title Clip                       The Hayling View 19th April 1985

The Hayling View 26th June 1985   The Hayling View 29th June 1985 

The Hayling View 3rd July 1985      The Hayling View 8th July 1985 

Creation of The Hayling View (Parts 2 & 3)Video12 Video13

Daniel's First boat, Aquabean September 1985   

Debbie and Amy in Bill's Shed September 1985 

Debbie and Della end September 1985 

The Hayling View 7th September 1985 

The Hayling View 7th September 1985 lawns 

The Hayling View 30th September 1985

The Hayling View Master Plan September 1985   

The Hayling View 2nd October 1985   

The Hayling View 10th October 1985

The Hayling View 17th October 1985    

The Hayling View 21st October 1985

The Hayling View 24th October 1985 

The Hayling View 29th October 1985] 

The Hayling View 31st October 1985 Muntjac Deer 

The Hayling View 31st October 1985 

The Hayling View 2nd November 1985 

The Hayling View 2nd November 1985 Doves    

The Hayling View 3rd November 1985 

 

Creation of The Hayling View (Part 4) (Nov 1985 to March 1986) Video14  Video15

Prospect of Little Paxton from new chimney stack 4th November 1985

The Hayling View 12th November 1985

The Hayling View 18th November 1985     

The Hayling View 20th November 1985

The Hayling View 1st December 1985

Daniel, Paul and Jason together 1st December 1985  

The Hayling View 7th December 1985

The Hayling View 15th December 1985

The Hayling View 22nd December 1985

The Hayling View 2nd February 1986

The Hayling View Thursday 6th March 1986        

 

Creation of The Hayling View (Part 5)  (Feb 1986 to 17th July 1986) Video16

The Hayling View Concreting pool Friday 7th March 1986 

The Hayling View Friday 14th March 1986  

The Hayling View Completed Thursday 17th July 1986