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BELOW: It may have been hard work, but Kay and Neil have never regretted moving to Rock Terrace.


BELOW RIGHT: The shady courtyard is home to several shade-loving plants such as Camellias.


Neil a retired engineer, is interested in history,


and their property 7 Rock Terrace has been great fun to research. It was built by one of the town’s most infl uential inhabitants, Richard Newcomb who owned the Stamford Mercury newspaper during the nineteenth century. After he’d built Rock House, a prestigious family home, he created a series of elegant townhouses opposite for his senior staff.


Number 7 was one of these. Neil and Kay Bamford fell in love with it in 1976 and have lived there ever since. One of the fi rst problems they encountered was


a lack of electricity, with the only artifi cial light coming from ornate gas fi ttings - attractive but of little practical use. Their fi rst major job was to install electricity and central heating throughout, which left the house a complete mess for many weeks. It was only once the kitchen had been fi tted, which also involved a large amount of structural work, and a bathroom had been added, that they even thought about moving in. By that stage they could see that their purchase had been a gamble worth taking. The house may not be large, but it has a magical


quality, which weaves a spell over you as you approach its glossy front door. Mount the steps and you almost expect Mary Poppins to emerge through the doorway with umbrella in hand, so similar is its exterior to that of the house in the fi lm. Enter the black and white tiled hallway and you feel like you’re stepping back in time. Despite being modern, the tiles are in perfect keeping with the period and create a timeless backdrop for Kay’s eclectic mix of antiques which include a brass umbrella stand, stylish wooden table and low-backed chair.


Entranced by the town’s surrounding hills, winding roads and cobbled streets as well its listed buildings, of which there are 600 including 5 medieval churches, Kay and Neil always aspired to make Stamford their home.


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