Cumberland Council proceeds with Linnwood Estate review

Precious history: Friends of Linnwood president Dorothy Warwick (left) welcomed a recent roof upgrade for Linnwood House. “We can’t afford to lose it.”

Precious history: Friends of Linnwood president Dorothy Warwick (left) welcomed a recent roof upgrade for Linnwood House. “We can’t afford to lose it.”

One of Guildford’s best-kept secrets will finally get the attention it badly deserves.

Cumberland Council adopted to proceed with a review for Linnwood Estate. The aim is develop a business plan to ensure the estate’s heritage aspects can be maintained and enhanced while providing a financially-sustainable model. 

Built in 1891, Linnwood House was designed by prominent identity George McCredie. It was later converted into a truant boys’ school, residential girls’ school for state wards and domestic training school.

Friends of Linnwood formed in 2002 after the estate was saved from being sold and redeveloped. The group welcomed the “well overdue” business plan.

“We have been down this path a number of times in the past, all for nought,” president Dorothy Warwick told last week’s council meeting. 

“The Linnwood Estate is a unique site, so any plan put forward has to be the right plan.”

McCredie House at the front of the site was built in the early 1970s for welfare/dormitory purposes and has been abandoned many years, which resulted in vandalism and damage.

The council adopted a preference to demolishing McCredie House with the land being returned as open space to improve the estate.

“We would love the cottage to stay but I think it’s gone past the point of no return,” Mrs Warwick told the Sun.

“It’s been abandoned for a long time and no-one wanted to do anything with it, which is such a shame.”

She remains hopeful for the entire estate’s future. “Something has to happen. It can’t go on the way it has.”

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