Rachel and I went to explore the social media house dubbed Marmite Cottage. The Marmite Cottage lays just back from the road and is in a seriously overgrown state, which in itself gives it quite a creepy look with grass growing from the roof and the undergrowth covering the entire property. A couple of old cars lay at the side of the property.
The marmite cottage is named due to… well am guessing, because someone has vertically stacked some tubs of marmite. To protect the location and the identity of the then owner names have been changed.
Ten years ago the owner was jailed after subjecting his fellow villagers to a torrent of threats and abuse which lasted almost two years before been jailed. Mr. Cork continually plagued residents who lived close to his dilapidated property.
The papers reported despite claiming he was mentally unstable and “genetically melancholic“, Cork was sentenced to 18 months in prison after breaching conditions imposed on him at an earlier hearing.
Earlier the Judge had told Cork:
All I can do is protect your neighbours from you for as long as I reasonably can.
Cork’s catalogue of dates back to November 2002 when he was given a 14-day sentence, suspended for two years, for using abusive and threatening words and behavior towards his neighbours. He also appeared in court again in May 2003 for an offense of damaging property and was given a conditional discharge. The Judge said no further action would be taken on these matters.
In February that year, Cork admitted five counts of breaching a restraining order imposed on him in April 2003, when he was found guilty of harassment.
At the time the Judge imposed a deferred sentence.
Cork was told he must stay out of trouble for six months and make efforts to repair and let or sell his cottage and move away from the area.
At the sentencing, it emerged Cork had made no attempt to repair the cottage and had breached his restraining order again on June 23 by leaving his car blocking the Lane.
Michael Bold, prosecuting, said:
The property has not been let or sold since the last hearing. Pictures show that it is thoroughly overgrown, little effort has been put into making the house lettable.
Steven Balchin, mitigating, said Cork claimed to have been unable to do anything with the property because the drugs he was taking for mental health problems had put him in a “catatonic state” for two months.
Mr. Balchin said he was unable to produce medical evidence to support these claims. Doctors’ reports found that Cork does not have any diagnosable mental health illnesses but may be suffering from a personality disorder.
Cork also claims to have several degrees and be a qualified surgeon.
The property has been abandoned since 2004
Simon Wilson | Urban Explorer | Paranormal Hauntings