Since we already had a busy holiday let cottage and had chosen the name “Wickie” we decided to stick with the theme of Wickie so 28 King Street got its name.
Speaking to a neighbour who had lived in King Street for more than 50 years it seemed that 28 King Street had gone through a number of purposes over the years so I thought there may be an interesting history and a wee bit of internet searching might satisfy my curiosity, I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of a detective!
The land in the area was first sold on 17 April 1856 to a James Sim by Mary Dunbar Brander of Pitgaveny. [nb I assume the village of Branderburgh was named after this family]. The land was to build houses costing not less than £50 and there were lots of stipulations mainly prohibiting brewing and selling alcohol. I found mention of 4 different tailors occupying the premises between 1899 and 1950. 1951 saw the premises being used as a hairdresser, and in 1974 I found a mention of the 28 King Street, 26 and 26A Queen Street as a TSB. I was unable to find out when the TSB opened and closed, and when the people I bought the house from bought it. The house unfortunately fell into such a state of disrepair that a closing order was placed on it in 2011 since it didn’t meet “tolerable standards” and wasn’t fit for “human habitation”.
We viewed the house in February 2014 and immediately could see its potential for a great family home, made a virtually immediate offer which was accepted and we bought the property in June 2014. Planning permission and building control is not a quick process and it wasn’t until December 2016 that work could begin in earnest to renovate the property. By this time we had bought and renovated Wickie Cottage and our plans changed from immediately moving in to also changing it to a holiday rental property. Nine months of hard work transformed a sad, neglected house into (we hope) a bright and cheerful holiday home!
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