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    9 days ago - By The Guardian

    Sandy, Bedfordshire: This collapsing structure is fenced off and offers tantalising glimpses of the area's onion-growing heyday Every derelict farm building houses tangible memories of lost lives or livelihoods. A chipped teacup from the last cuppa, a key without a lock, a horseshoe on the floor of a Hebridean blackhouse. Abandoned, discarded and forgotten objects spark my imagination with stories that can become more real than the buildings themselves. Ever since the pandemic began, I have puzzled over one such object in a tumbledown ruin a 10-minute walk from my house. Before then, the...
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