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Fire destroys famous purple house

A landmark purple house in the Lake District, which had played host to actors and writers, has been destroyed in a fire.

Fire crews called to Rigg Beck in the Newlands Valley near Derwentwater found the ground floor well alight.

The derelict property was empty at the time, and no one was injured.

In the past it was a lodging house for those involved with Keswick Theatre and visitors included Bob Hoskins, Victoria Wood, and poet Ted Hughes.

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Rigg Beck after the fire

The building was built in the 1880s as a hotel.

It had fallen into disrepair and in 2007 was sold at auction for 470,000.

There was outline planning permission for it to be demolished and replaced.


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