sydenhampark wrote:Hi everyone, google has a lot of interesting period detail and discussion about the eccentric owner of this clearly fascinating property. I've just moved into Sydenham Hill.
i'd love to know what the current status is with this house..who owns it? whats the story?
As Dorian has already mentioned, it's in the possession of Clydesdale bank after the woman who used to own it, an American called Tracy Thier, was prosecuted for animal cruelty. But instead of answering bail, she absconded to the United States, subsequently defaulting on the mortgage. She was pretty wierd, and before her arrest I'd seen walking around Sydenham with a bunny rabbit in a pouch on her chest.
It's early history and occupants are available online, but I can shed some light on it's recent, more obscure past. During the '80s and early '90s it was a halls of residence for students at Kings College Hospital. It was then occupied by a Christian commune who were far to busy getting stoned and throwing weird, eclectic parties than praying to God. It was then rented by some events management organisation in the early to mid-naughties that did throw a couple of parties but only a handful of people would turn-up. They then fell foul of some licensing act and were shut down. It was then bought by the American woman who used it as a place to house her large collection of animals, some of them dangerous. It's now owned by the bank, so who know's what the place will be next. All-in-all, the current trend seems to be that someone or some persons move in, live there for a couple of years or so, then civilization forgets the place exists, someone eventually finds a mysterious set of keys and upon realising what they unlock, the whole cycle repeats itself.
If you're really interested in this place that time genuinely seems to have forgot, enter 'Sydenham Beltwood House ' into Google and trawl through the numerous results stemming from this forum, but keep a look-out for the Sydenham Town Forum user 'Steve Grindlay' who is a local amateur historian, and some of his detailed contributions include some very clear pictures of the interior of Beltwood House.