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Is the Pink Floyd cottage at Dungeness the real thing?

By Sam Lennon

Trevor Bunney, of Dungeness RNLI, is sure that the house bought for £215,000 is not the one that appears on Pink Floyd’s A Collection of Great Dance Songs.

It was never definitely publicised as such and other readers are divided in their opinions.

The cottage at Dungeness that inspired the cover of the Pink Floyd album 'A Collection of Dance Songs'

The cottage at Dungeness that inspired the cover of the Pink Floyd album 'A Collection of Dance Songs'

Cover for the Pink Floyd compilation album A Collection of Great Dance Songs.

Cover for the Pink Floyd compilation album A Collection of Great Dance Songs.

Auctioneer Clive Emson said Garden Cottage was believed to be the same as on the record sleeve.

But Dungeness resident Mr Bunney is sure it is not and that the home on the original LP jacket was Seagull Cottage.

“The house on the album is Seagull Cottage... this house was destroyed by fire in the early 1980s and is no longer in existence" - Trevor Bunney

He said: “The house on the album is Seagull Cottage, which was situated off the Dungeness estate in between The Pilot pub and Kerton Road bridge.

“This house was destroyed by fire in the early 1980s and is no longer in existence.

“If you look at the album cover you can see the rooftops of the houses over Kerton Road bridge.

“The light railway (Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway), runs just yards away from the front of Garden Cottage.

“There is no sign of that on the album cover.

“As kids, we used to play in Seagull Cottage when it was derelict.’’

Other readers have commented on our website Kent Online, including a contributor calling himself Billy Nomates who said: “Do I need to go to Specsavers or do the two cottages not look remotely similar?

RNLI mechanic Trevor Bunney

RNLI mechanic Trevor Bunney

“Apart from the basic outline, which is vaguely similar, the doors, windows and chimney are all totally different.’’

Another online reader, calling themselves C45, replied: “Maybe it’s had work done on it since them? New doors windows & cladding. Think.’’

The rock band Pink Floyd.

The rock band Pink Floyd.

Garden Cottage was originally listed for auction at Maidstone, on March 23, for a guide price of £165,000 to £170,000.

Kevin Gilbert, auctioneer and familiar figure on BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer, said before the sale: “It is thought that this property features on the cover of a Pink Floyd album.’’

Although nobody, including Mr Gilbert, has categorically described it as such.

 

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