Miss Savidge Moves Her House: The Extraordinary Story of May Savidge and her House of a Lifetime


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UK Publisher

Aurum Press

Date Published

March 25th, 2010

Dramatic Rights

Same Name Productions

The tale of an extraordinary, maverick woman and her even more remarkable achievement. May Savidge lived in a half-timbered house in Hertfordshire. When the council served her with a compulsory purchase notice to make way for a roundabout, May decided she had to move – but so did the house. So she had the whole thing dismantled and shipped to the North Norfolk coast… and then spent the rest of her life rebuilding it, single-handed. Her fame spread around the world. Antiques Roadshow broadcast, unprecedentedly, two features about her house. Written with May’s neice, Christine Adams, who inherited May’s house and completed it – at the cost of her own marriage – who tells her aunt’s life story from the voluminous diaries and letters she left behind. Christine Adams now runs a Bed and Breakfast in May Savidge’s old house in Norfolk.


This story will appeal to those who still believe that an Englishman’s home is his castle, and to those who have a soft spot for indomitable old women

- Daily Telegraph

A heartbreaking tale of love lost, stoical determination and a poignant secret’

- Daily Mail

a story of stoicism, heartbreak, suffering and great loss, but in which the indomitable Miss Savidge's determination not to lose her most beloved possession shines brightly…’

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