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Music to your ears? This £500k home looks like an ordinary Bristol terrace from the outside, but has a cathedral organ built IN the walls

  • A terrace house in Bristol has a cathedral organ built into its walls
  • The four-bedroom property has been for sale with an asking price of £500,000
  • The house has been owned by three generations of the same family
  • It requires some extensive updating and could be turned into a modern home

It looks like an ordinary Bristol terrace from the outside, revealing nothing that suggests it is any different from the rest of the street.

But step inside and the dated decoration makes it clear that this is not your usual modern family terrace – and suggests there could be more surprises in store.

Yet it isn’t the dated wallpaper, fluorescent bathroom suite or wood panelled living room with its electric fireplace that is the real star of the show.

The most unusual feature of this property is a cathedral organ built into the wall, which stretches across both floors.

This Bristol terrace has an asking price of £500,000, and has been sold subject to contract by estate agents Allen & Harris

This Bristol terrace has an asking price of £500,000, and has been sold subject to contract by estate agents Allen & Harris

The most unusual feature of the property is a cathedral organ built into the wall, which stretches across both floors

The most unusual feature of the property is a cathedral organ built into the wall, which stretches across both floors

The property has four bedrooms, one of which houses the organ’s ‘pumps and works’.

The playing podium links from the side of the room and then impressively looks out over the staircase.

The stairwell is decorated in gold and red wallpaper, alongside a bright red carpet and some wooden wall panels.

Impressive performance! The playing podium looks out over the staircase of the Bristol terrace

Impressive performance! The playing podium looks out over the staircase of the Bristol terrace

The property has been owned by three generations of the same family, and now requires some extensive updating.

It had an asking price of £500,000, and has been sold subject to contract by estate agents Allen & Harris.

In its advertising literature for the property, the agent explained: ‘The charismatic and eccentric property has been owner occupied and adored for decades as can be seen by some of its quirks.

‘Such points of interest include the full organ with podium on the top level that may have played its last tune?’

It went on to say: ‘The removal of this would certainly create more usable space on the top floor and a space to complement the bedroom that currently faces the garden.’

The stairwell is decorated in gold and red wallpaper, alongside a bright red carpet and some wooden wall panels

The stairwell is decorated in gold and red wallpaper, alongside a bright red carpet and some wooden wall panels

Take a closer look: The wall in one of the bedrooms houses the organ's 'pumps and works'

Take a closer look: The wall in one of the bedrooms houses the organ’s ‘pumps and works’

The dated interior of the property includes this fluorescent bathroom suite that is surrounded by some black tiles

The dated interior of the property includes this fluorescent bathroom suite that is surrounded by some black tiles

The property also has a garden and a workshop that has power and lighting, concrete flooring, and a lockable door.

The house is on Clifton Wood Crescent, adjacent to Clifton Village on the slopes looking out across South Bristol.

The average price of a property in Clifton Wood Crescent is £639,812, according to property website Zoopla. It is more than double the typical £305,397 value of a home in Britain.

The living room has wood panelling on the walls and an electric fireplace with a stone surround

The living room has wood panelling on the walls and an electric fireplace with a stone surround

The property has been owned by three generations of the same family, and now requires some extensive updating

The property has been owned by three generations of the same family, and now requires some extensive updating

There are four spacious bedrooms at the property, with high ceilings and large windows

There are four spacious bedrooms at the property, with high ceilings and large windows

The terrace is located next to Clifton Village on the slopes looking out across South Bristol

The terrace is located next to Clifton Village on the slopes looking out across South Bristol

Tom Parker, of Zoopla said: ‘This quirky property is certainly one of a kind. While on first inspection it may look like an ordinary terraced house, a closer look reveals there’s an ornate organ built into a prominent wall inside. 

‘If that’s not music to your ears, there’s also ample opportunity to remove this striking feature and create additional living space.’ 

The average price of a similar property in the same street - Clifton Wood Crescent - is around £640,000

The average price of a similar property in the same street – Clifton Wood Crescent – is around £640,000

Extra space: A path in the garden leads to an outbuilding, which has scope to be redeveloped

Extra space: A path in the garden leads to an outbuilding, which has scope to be redeveloped

Time for a clear out: The outbuildings at the Bristol terrace have been used for storage

Time for a clear out: The outbuildings at the Bristol terrace have been used for storage

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Orange warning in place for five counties on west coast

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Violent storm force 11 winds are expected off the west coast as Storm Barra approaches on Tuesday morning.

Met Éireann has upgraded its marine weather warning to red, the highest category, on Irish coastal waters from Galway Bay to Bantry Bay from 3am on Tuesday morning to 11pm tomorrow night.

A status orange warning is in place on land for the counties of Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork from 6am on Tuesday morning until the same time on Wednesday morning.

Counties included in orange warning could see damaging gusts of up to 130km/h which will head to high waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge.

The rest of the country will be under a status yellow warning for the same period with the possibility of localised flooding.

Met Éireann head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack told Newstalk Breakfast that the storm system is developing rapidly over the Atlantic at present and will hit Ireland’s western seaboard on Tuesday with strong gale force winds which will quickly extend across the country.

There will be heavy rain turning to sleet and snow on higher ground, she warned.

Met Éireann will meet with gardaí, local authorities and emergency services this morning to update the progress of the storm and provide advice on what precautionary measures should be taken.

“It will be a pretty horrid day,” added Ms Cusack who advised against cycling.

The high winds and heavy rain will continue throughout Wednesday but they will have moved on by Thursday.

On RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland, senior meteorologist Liz Walsh warned that trees could be knocked down during the high winds. She also advised that outdoor street furniture should be taken in or tied down and cautioned that Christmas decorations could be damaged.

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Coronavirus rules for driving tests spark complaints

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Claims of rude testers, of not being allowed to cough and having to drive with windows open due to Covid-19 were among the complaints received from people who failed driving tests recently.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), which oversees driving tests nationally, released a sample of the 1,505 complaints received since the start of last year under the Freedom of Information Act.

New figures show the driving test centre in Cork had the highest pass rate with 75 per cent of people passing, while the lowest was Charlestown in Dublin with a 42 per cent pass rate.

One person complained he had told his tester he had asthma and might need to cough because he had recently changed inhalers, causing irritation to his throat.

“I was advised that if I coughed at any stage, the test would be over immediately. This was difficult to control while under exam pressure and added a huge amount of unnecessary stress and pressure,” the individual complained.

Another individual complained their tester said if their face mask slipped “a little bit from my nose” while driving, the test would be ended.

“I’m in shock how he treated me that day,” said the complainant.

Another learner driver who failed said their car was hot and “very uncomfortable” because the tester said the hot air de-misters had to be kept on to prevent the windows fogging up because the back windows had to be kept open due to Covid-19.

One complainant said the tester seemed to have prejudged the test when they spotted a small stain on the driver’s seat as the car was supposed to be “spotless”.

‘Anxious’

“The tester was clearly taking it too far. I was complying with all Covid precautions as I had just Hoovered and sanitised the car and it was simply a mark on the seat.”

There were general complaints beyond Covid-19 issues. One person complained about feeling “anxious” because the tester was “sitting there shaking his head”.

Another said their tester repeatedly shook his head and sighed several times, and then made notes on the score sheet, which was “extremely off-putting and really unfair”.

Another driver said the tester was “extremely condescending and patronising” and mocked their answer to a signpost theory question about an “unguarded cliff edge”.

“We don’t drive along cliff edges in this country,” the tester was quoted as saying.

The RSA has been dealing with a backlog of driving tests due to the pandemic.

The centres with the next highest pass rates were Clifden (71 per cent), Killester in Dublin (70 per cent), Birr, Co Offaly (70 per cent) and Cavan (69 per cent).

The test centres with the next lowest pass rates were Dublin’s Churchtown, since closed (44 per cent), Nenagh, Co Tipperary (44 per cent) and Mulhuddart (45 per cent) and Raheny (46 per cent), both in Dublin.


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Former US presidential candidate Bob Dole dies aged 98

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Bob Dole, the long-time Kansas senator who was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, has died from lung cancer. In a statement, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, founded by Dole’s wife, said: “It is with heavy hearts we announced that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died earlier this morning in his sleep. At his death at age 98 he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

In late February, Dole announced that he had advanced lung cancer and would begin treatment. Visiting him, President Joe Biden called Dole his “close friend”.

On Sunday the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, like Biden a Democrat, ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff.

Born in Russell, Kansas in 1923, Dole served in the US infantry in the second world war, suffering serious wounds in Italy and winning a medal for bravery.

His wounds cost him use of his right arm but he entered state politics and soon became a longtime Republican power-broker, representing Kansas in the US House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the Senate until 1996. He had spells as chairman of the Republican National Committee and as Senate minority and majority leader.

In 1976 he was the Republican nominee for vice-president to Gerald Ford, in an election the sitting president lost to Jimmy Carter. Two decades later, aged 73, Dole won the nod to take on Bill Clinton.

Against the backdrop of a booming economy, the Democrat won a second term with ease, by 379 – 159 in the electoral college and by nine points in the popular vote, the third-party candidate Ross Perot costing Dole support on the right.

Dole received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian honours.

In the Trump years and after, Dole came widely to be seen as a figure from another time in Republican politics.

On Sunday, the political consultant Tara Setmeyer, a member of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, tweeted: “I cast my first ever vote for president for Bob Dole in 1996. A war hero with a sharp sense of humor ? another piece of a once respectable GOP gone.”

However, Dole remained a loyal Republican soldier, telling USA Today this summer that though Donald Trump “lost the election, and I regret that he did, but they did”, and though he himself was “sort of Trumped out”, he still considered himself “a Trumper”.

Dole called Biden “a great, kind, upstanding, decent person”, though he said he leaned too far left.

He also said: “I do believe [America has]lost something. I can’t get my hand on it, but we’re just not quite where we should be, as the greatest democracy in the world. And I don’t know how you correct it, but I keep hoping that there will be a change in my lifetime.”

On Sunday, Jaime Harrison, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said: “Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Senator Bob Dole. We honor his service and dedication to the nation. May he Rest In Peace.”

– Guardian

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