Firstly my apologies for orientation of photos in my story but it never seems to upload them the right way up. I must read up on that!! Hope it does not spoil your enjoyment too much.
My TRUE story starts many years ago in my local video store that I used to frequent being a keen film fan. This particular day I had decided to look through the ex -rental now for sale items, when I picked up a film called The Legacy seeing the name of an actress I like 'Katharine Ross' and on reading the reverse there was a photo and mention of 'Roger Daltrey' at £5 I thought it a bargain indeed, even if the film itself turned out to be awful. Little did I realise what this buy could mean.
I watched the film and aside from the main point of the film which will be evident if you have watched it and I hope you have or what I am about to tell you will be wasted but from that moment I loved the HOUSE with all its chimneys, the Setting, the Decor (forget the gory stuff) the Horses it really looked a Dream House to me.
Many years later finding myself in a moving house situation, I started looking now usually I would just opt for a practical sensible tick the boxes house for what is needed rather than what I would want/choose. Obviously money dictates the limitations of such a scenario but on searching I found one house that was appealing and also at least had more than one chimney and it was like the film house also made of stone rather than all brick. Although it was never going to have the dimensions or land of my dream house it was closer than I ever thought I would get.
While waiting to move house I took myself on a last day out in my old area . There was one place I wished to visit I wanted to go to see William Morris' house. I was sure I knew where to get off the train as I had studied the National Trust map. A weird thing happened though that day as sure as I was, I ended up getting off the train in Sevenoaks Kent and jumping in a cab saying 'Take me to The Red House please'. The cab driver did not argue and seemed to drive purposefully onwards. We arrived at a business of some description and this he told me was The Red House. 'Oh No' this is not the place I wanted to go to at all, I must have got in a muddle'. I said . Knowing that I would now not make it to the location that day I asked the driver ' if there were any National Trust houses locally?'. He drove me to Knole House. I knew then that it was also a place I had wanted to visit and understood how I had got confused and not having the map to hand, I had arrived at the other place I had wanted to visit.
I digress slightly, What I did find out that day is. my surname was all over this place from a clock tower to a gallery of paintings, one of which caught my eye as it beared the name 'Walsingham'. #TheLegacyFilm
I also later found a church nearby that has stained glass windows one of which again has my surname! So it was quite a day for finds. Tombraider extraordinaire!!!
Fast forward now to me moved into my new house. Aside from the few chimneys and it being stone no other resemblances to the film were apparent-or so I thought.... but on entering the kitchen you could not mistake the colour scheme it was identical to Maggies house in L.A.
Just putting that down to coincidence I said to myself 'Well, I only own dogs, even if one is a Rottweiler like in the film, I don't own cats so there will not be all the cats in the kitchen like in the film'. How wrong I was!!! For over by the Cooker/Oven on the wall was this...
The next thing I found was that the bedroom I had decided to use as mine had a fireplace (although no way near as ornate) it had the exact shade of green tiles that are at the back of the bed in Maggie's bedroom, also the orientation of the room was exactly the same so I made some panelling to create the look and feel. One day while tidying up the garage I found and old rug! After cleaning see my photo of it in place by the fireplace it is identical again! Weird or what!!!
So if that hasn't got all of you Amazed and as dumbfounded as I felt. My final find clinched it for me!
Yes there is more! My old horse passed and had to be replaced to keep my new riding horse company. I really wanted to find a horse I could ride but instead ended up with a rescue Black horse just like one featured in film (see my Horse news story for info on him) So only missing the white horse!
But back inside the house ... I thought I couldn't possibly find anything more to do with this film I was wrong. On entering one room I saw this looking at me ...
Yes another Cat but this was a light coloured cat with blue eyes just like Nurse Adams in the film. But this is not a nurse I hear you say.... It is sort of, as this photo proves as this Nurse Adams cat is a Wet Nurse! Toilet roll holder!
So there you have it! My little story of a film and my house and a lot of coincidences.