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Location DB > Canada > British Columbia > Burnaby > Bancroft Orchard
Bancroft Orchard
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created by HagensborgViking on 7/29/2004 3:01 AM
last modified by :: inuk on 10/2/2014 6:24 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Tired old orchard house on approx. 2 acres of overgrown land. Two outbuildings.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it ** SITE DEMOLISHED **
 Physical Information
Edmonds Skytrain Station
Burnaby, British Columbia
Owner: Noort Developments
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  •  Hazards
  • in the eyes of a townhouse development, very overgrown and yucky.
  •  Interesting Features
    The widowed Bancroft wife passed away in this home back in 2001, and to date nobody knew it was there, hence nobody vandallized it. Although house and outbuildings are in quite poor condition, they are, however, still in their original unmodified conditions, full of all her personal belongings that the grandchildren didn't care to pull out of there.
     Security Measures
  • **AS OF OCT.'04, ACCESS HAS BEEN MADE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT**padlocks, pump organ blocks front door, well sealed.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1924
    Closed: 2001
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • Basement floods. Boots wouldn't hurt if you get down there.
  •  Recommended Equipment

    Originally this cozy orchard house sat on 25 acres of fruit bearing soil. It was built without a bathroom, and one was added, along with the current kitchen and a bedroom, back in the 40's. Built circa 1924, the pioneer couple, now deceased, subdivided their farm more than once. First, they sold a sizable rear portion to the City of Burnaby to be used as a community park. This park still bears numerous trees from the original orchard. Decades later, they again subdivided their property to support a large housing complex which shadows the home today, and was built using the same colours as the old home. As the surrounding neighborhood was chewed up and spit out by the skytrain line, road realignments and aggressive development, the poor old craftsman farmhouse found itself in a most undesirable location. Very well hidden from the rest of the world, and actually using well water up until the mid eighties, this property has finally given up its leghold to the ever dominating urban development. Noort Homes Ltd. has come forward to develop the still large property and plans to wipe out one of this city's last reminders of rural living before the end of the year.** SITE DEMOLISHED **
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    Typical urban sprawl of townhouses made to look like they have character.

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    Thu, Jul 29th, 2004
    posted by HagensborgViking
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    Coolness 5 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 10/2/2014 6:17 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 2 14 at 18:17, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Oct 2 14 at 6:24, :: inuk changed the following: Latitude, Longitude
  • on Feb 29 12 at 10:18, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Feb 29 12 at 9:47, Bizz changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on Jan 9 10 at 16:22, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 9 10 at 16:22, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 8 10 at 23:51, HagensborgViking changed the following: Year Built
  • on Jan 8 10 at 23:46, HagensborgViking updated gallery picture DSC00188.JPG
  • on Nov 1 05 at 19:03, HagensborgViking changed the following: Notes for Mods, History, Year Built, Status, Recommendation
  • on Nov 1 05 at 19:01, HagensborgViking made this location public
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