Arson is almost certainly to blame for last night’s fire which has destroyed the interiors and roofing of the Garden House, the group of cottages which run along Broomfield Lane at the rear of the Broomfield House stable yard. These form part of the Grade ll listed exterior wall which dates back to the late 1690’s. The stables themselves appear to be largely undamaged.

The early 19th century stable yard buildings are included in the Council-led Broomfield House Partnership Board’s work on the future of Broomfield House.  One option considered is to convert these buildings, including the Garden House as commercially managed artists’ studios.  It is too early to be able to assess the implications of this fire on the whole project, but it’s not likely to be good news.

Colin Younger

Chair, The Broomfield House Trust