Driver causes £25,000 damage to 14th Century building

Car ploughs into historic building

Car ploughs into historic building

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ONE of Hampshire’s oldest buildings has been severely damaged by a hit and run driver.

A car smashed through the wall of the 700-year-old building in Romsey causing up to £25,000 worth of damage.

Owner of the Grade Two listed building in Middlebridge Street, Robert Davis, was in London at the time of the crash.

He said: “A vehicle thought to be a 4x4 had careered off the road and into the side of the building which is medieval and Grade Two listed. The medieval timber frame dates from the 14 century.

“There was a lot of severe structural damage and it left a gaping hole in the wall facing Newton Lane.” Police were called now investigating the incident.

Builders spent have shored up the damage at the premises which are home to Mr Davis’s chartered surveying business, chiropractor Alister Miller and Bellacare.

“They must have been going at great speed to snap a large oak beam like a matchstick. It’s going to take months to sort of the repairs out and cost between £20,000 and £25,000 to repair the damage.

“Two rooms occupied by Mr Miller sustained a lot of damage. We patched up his consulting room and removed his reception office to another room in the building because it was totally unusable. “The vehicle missed a gas main by about half-a-metre.”

West Hampshire police spokesman Alan Smith said: “A Officers are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should phone Romsey police station on 101.”

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11:24am Wed 23 Jan 13

bazzeroz says...

So, there was more than one car involved?
So, there was more than one car involved? bazzeroz
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11:25am Wed 23 Jan 13

heyhoo says...

Wonder if the driver lost control during the horrible weather!?!? ... eitehr way it is a shame.
Wonder if the driver lost control during the horrible weather!?!? ... eitehr way it is a shame. heyhoo
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11:48am Wed 23 Jan 13

bernard7 says...

He must have been going at quite a speed to do that, could have been a van or lorry?
He must have been going at quite a speed to do that, could have been a van or lorry? bernard7
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11:55am Wed 23 Jan 13

upwherewebelong says...

just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense.
just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense. upwherewebelong
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11:56am Wed 23 Jan 13

lambo83 says...

I blame tesco's
I blame tesco's lambo83
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11:56am Wed 23 Jan 13

wossit says...

That beam looks rotten and are they 700 year old breeze blocks too ?
That beam looks rotten and are they 700 year old breeze blocks too ? wossit
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12:40pm Wed 23 Jan 13

keepontriking says...

So its not just pedestrians and cyclists that drivers are mowing down then cowardly running off.
So its not just pedestrians and cyclists that drivers are mowing down then cowardly running off. keepontriking
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12:41pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Torchie1 says...

upwherewebelong wrote:
just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense.
Freedom of choice, where your chosen means of transport might be totally alien to other people.
[quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense.[/p][/quote]Freedom of choice, where your chosen means of transport might be totally alien to other people. Torchie1
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12:43pm Wed 23 Jan 13

peenut81 says...

At least four grammatical errors in the above article, if the Echo need a proofreader email me privately and we can talk terms, the standards on this website are appalling.
At least four grammatical errors in the above article, if the Echo need a proofreader email me privately and we can talk terms, the standards on this website are appalling. peenut81
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1:05pm Wed 23 Jan 13

manimaul says...

peenut81 wrote:
At least four grammatical errors in the above article, if the Echo need a proofreader email me privately and we can talk terms, the standards on this website are appalling.
At least two grammatical errors in this post. I wouldn't hold your breath for an email.
[quote][p][bold]peenut81[/bold] wrote: At least four grammatical errors in the above article, if the Echo need a proofreader email me privately and we can talk terms, the standards on this website are appalling.[/p][/quote]At least two grammatical errors in this post. I wouldn't hold your breath for an email. manimaul
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1:43pm Wed 23 Jan 13

dolomiteman says...

Why all the assumptions, the car would not have had to have been going at a fast speed to dislodge the upright support, the support is designed to hold the cross beam up not to take a side on impact,
Why all the assumptions, the car would not have had to have been going at a fast speed to dislodge the upright support, the support is designed to hold the cross beam up not to take a side on impact, dolomiteman
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1:49pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Richard 51 says...

14th Century building

good job it wasn't a new one them
14th Century building good job it wasn't a new one them Richard 51
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1:57pm Wed 23 Jan 13

MGRA says...

upwherewebelong wrote:
just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense.
I don't think you understand what a 4x4 is for ? You think they are all off road vehicles ? That was true in the 60s but I think you will find the toyota landcruiser, toyota hilux ( and similar makes ) and landrover defender are pretty much the only real off road 4x4s. The VAST majority of 4x4s now are just large heavy cars....No one in their right mind for instance would take a range rover sport off road in Wales....
[quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense.[/p][/quote]I don't think you understand what a 4x4 is for ? You think they are all off road vehicles ? That was true in the 60s but I think you will find the toyota landcruiser, toyota hilux ( and similar makes ) and landrover defender are pretty much the only real off road 4x4s. The VAST majority of 4x4s now are just large heavy cars....No one in their right mind for instance would take a range rover sport off road in Wales.... MGRA
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1:58pm Wed 23 Jan 13

southy says...

700-year-old building wow those breezeblocks are old
700-year-old building wow those breezeblocks are old southy
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2:49pm Wed 23 Jan 13

bernard7 says...

I think that perhaps the main reason people drive 4x4's in romsey is because they like them, they have paid for them and they can drive them whenever they please, just like your car.

Why is it a problem with some people to have a 4x4 and not use it off road all the time! I mean i have one, i go offroading in it for fun at the weekends and in the week i use it on the roads, is this ok? Or should i consider buying two vehicles so i can use a normal car in the week?

Please let me know your thoughts. I would not want to offend anyone by driving a 4x4 on the road.
I think that perhaps the main reason people drive 4x4's in romsey is because they like them, they have paid for them and they can drive them whenever they please, just like your car. Why is it a problem with some people to have a 4x4 and not use it off road all the time! I mean i have one, i go offroading in it for fun at the weekends and in the week i use it on the roads, is this ok? Or should i consider buying two vehicles so i can use a normal car in the week? Please let me know your thoughts. I would not want to offend anyone by driving a 4x4 on the road. bernard7
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3:07pm Wed 23 Jan 13

mickey01 says...

how the hell can you drive at speed in romsey anyway
how the hell can you drive at speed in romsey anyway mickey01
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3:47pm Wed 23 Jan 13

georgetheseventh says...

MGRA wrote:
upwherewebelong wrote:
just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense.
I don't think you understand what a 4x4 is for ? You think they are all off road vehicles ? That was true in the 60s but I think you will find the toyota landcruiser, toyota hilux ( and similar makes ) and landrover defender are pretty much the only real off road 4x4s. The VAST majority of 4x4s now are just large heavy cars....No one in their right mind for instance would take a range rover sport off road in Wales....
I have driven a Range Rover Sport over the Welsh Brecon Beacons (a tank training and howitzer training area)..my last psychiatric report said I was 'normal'.
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense.[/p][/quote]I don't think you understand what a 4x4 is for ? You think they are all off road vehicles ? That was true in the 60s but I think you will find the toyota landcruiser, toyota hilux ( and similar makes ) and landrover defender are pretty much the only real off road 4x4s. The VAST majority of 4x4s now are just large heavy cars....No one in their right mind for instance would take a range rover sport off road in Wales....[/p][/quote]I have driven a Range Rover Sport over the Welsh Brecon Beacons (a tank training and howitzer training area)..my last psychiatric report said I was 'normal'. georgetheseventh
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4:53pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

MGRA wrote:
upwherewebelong wrote:
just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense.
I don't think you understand what a 4x4 is for ? You think they are all off road vehicles ? That was true in the 60s but I think you will find the toyota landcruiser, toyota hilux ( and similar makes ) and landrover defender are pretty much the only real off road 4x4s. The VAST majority of 4x4s now are just large heavy cars....No one in their right mind for instance would take a range rover sport off road in Wales....
I would, don't see why not, range rovers are just plush discoveries.
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: just shows some people should not be allowed to drive 4x4's ever. But what I don't understand why people even need a 4x4 especially in Romsey. Not exactly rough complicated roads to drive on. Wales yes 4x4's make sense but Romsey just makes no sense.[/p][/quote]I don't think you understand what a 4x4 is for ? You think they are all off road vehicles ? That was true in the 60s but I think you will find the toyota landcruiser, toyota hilux ( and similar makes ) and landrover defender are pretty much the only real off road 4x4s. The VAST majority of 4x4s now are just large heavy cars....No one in their right mind for instance would take a range rover sport off road in Wales....[/p][/quote]I would, don't see why not, range rovers are just plush discoveries. Ginger_cyclist
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8:38pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Huffter says...

peenut81 wrote:
At least four grammatical errors in the above article, if the Echo need a proofreader email me privately and we can talk terms, the standards on this website are appalling.
Only one "Echo" - a singular subject requires a singular verb ie "needs" not "need".
[quote][p][bold]peenut81[/bold] wrote: At least four grammatical errors in the above article, if the Echo need a proofreader email me privately and we can talk terms, the standards on this website are appalling.[/p][/quote]Only one "Echo" - a singular subject requires a singular verb ie "needs" not "need". Huffter
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8:59pm Wed 23 Jan 13

sotonbev says...

Richard 51 wrote:
14th Century building

good job it wasn't a new one them
That's why its in the news because it is a 14th century building, its called history, of which we all hale from,no one cares if it was a new building.
[quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: 14th Century building good job it wasn't a new one them[/p][/quote]That's why its in the news because it is a 14th century building, its called history, of which we all hale from,no one cares if it was a new building. sotonbev
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10:40am Thu 24 Jan 13

S!monOn says...

sotonbev wrote:
Richard 51 wrote:
14th Century building

good job it wasn't a new one them
That's why its in the news because it is a 14th century building, its called history, of which we all hale from,no one cares if it was a new building.
We didn't "hale" from history. Do you meal "hail"?
[quote][p][bold]sotonbev[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: 14th Century building good job it wasn't a new one them[/p][/quote]That's why its in the news because it is a 14th century building, its called history, of which we all hale from,no one cares if it was a new building.[/p][/quote]We didn't "hale" from history. Do you meal "hail"? S!monOn
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12:29pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Huey says...

S!monOn wrote:
sotonbev wrote:
Richard 51 wrote: 14th Century building good job it wasn't a new one them
That's why its in the news because it is a 14th century building, its called history, of which we all hale from,no one cares if it was a new building.
We didn't "hale" from history. Do you meal "hail"?
do you mean mean?
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbev[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: 14th Century building good job it wasn't a new one them[/p][/quote]That's why its in the news because it is a 14th century building, its called history, of which we all hale from,no one cares if it was a new building.[/p][/quote]We didn't "hale" from history. Do you meal "hail"?[/p][/quote]do you mean mean? Huey
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