Home of Christian Writer and Thinker G. K. Chesterton Threatened With Demolition

British author Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936). Original Publication: People Disc – HC0527 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A house in England where famed Christian thinker and writer G.K. Chesterton used to live could be demolished and replaced with apartments if it’s not saved.

Octagon Developments, Ltd recently applied for permission to demolish the Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire home, known as Overroads. A decision about the property’s future is expected later this month.

The Beaconsfield Society, the residents’ society formed in the 1960s with the goal of preserving the area’s past, told The Christian Post that “two applications have been submitted to the council” requesting permission to build on the site.

“The first is for permission to build nine apartments,” the society said in an email to CP. “The second application is for approval to demolish the existing building or confirmation that the developer can go ahead and demolish without the requirement for prior approval to demolish.”

The society said they oppose the demolition, explaining to CP that they “would like to see the home preserved because it is of heritage importance.”

Dale Ahlquist, president of the United States-based Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton and The Chesterton Schools Network, is also opposed to the demolition, with his organization actively campaigning to stop it.

In an interview with CP, Ahlquist said the “demolition of Chesterton’s home would be a tragedy for England’s cultural heritage” and “an insult to Chesterton’s devotees around the world.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski