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Unusual Fenland family home soon to be demolished

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An unusual wooden cottage that has sat in the Cambridgeshire Fens for nearly 100 years is soon to be demolished- bringing to an end a home that housed three generations of the same family.

Retired farmer Dennis Clarke - now aged 88 - was born in the cottage his grandfather built just after the First World War.

Although derelict, it can still be found next to the Fenland road known as Forty Foot Bank.

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"We had no sanitation, no water, no electricity.. I look back on it as a very hard life"

– Denis Clarke, 88
The property is now completely dilapidated Credit: ITV News Anglia
This is how the house first looked when it was built.

The house was first built by his grandfather Walter Porter - probably in around 1920 when he placed two army huts together to make a home.

The wooden structure was all he could afford. In fact the walls were packed with straw for insulation.

Dennis moved out of the property in 1957 after he was married. His parents continued to live there until his father died and his mother moved away.

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The building has since been vandalised and ravaged by the Fenland weather.

Dennis has now old the land to another farmer who plans to build a new house on the plot- bringing to a end a home that housed a family for three generations.