We have just got the full building surveyor's report on a house we want to buy, and there are some potential structural issues. DH is flipping out about subsidence, but I've found at least one V bomb site in te adjoining road (and it's by the railway) so I want us to be alive to this possibility as well.
Is it a question a structural engineer could settle? Should we raise it with the solicitors for their searches, too?
I grew up in a road in London where the houses opposite were bombed in the war (later to be replaced by a small estate).
The houses on our side sustained a bit of damage apparently but not too bad.
When my parents did some renovations in the 1980s they stripped the wall paper - the first time it had been done since the war apparently. Under several layers of paper was a massive crack, stuffed full of newpapers from 1943!
The wall was filled and the newpapers rescued and put in a frame, problem solved
I don't think the house itself was hit; it's more the shockwave/possible ground shock (?) I thought might have been responsible for the cracks rather than subsidence, which I thought would be a worse problem because it's potentially ongoing...? (Though it's true that this house is on a hill....)
We used to live in a part of London which got a few bombs (also because of the railway), and a friend turned down viewing of a Victorian house which had been adjacent to a bombed out and replaced house (her father saw the facade and "nay-said" it).
Although the surveyor will have access to all of this, it is interesting to know ourselves, too!
We probably won't end up wth a story like yours, though, motherofallhangovers, as if the damage is too bad (or if we find bad equally-old but less-historic damp or rot), we won't buy.
Apologies for coming back to this so late, but we only recently got the structural engineer's survey back and digested it.
There may indeed have been bomb damage. Or subsidence. Or something else. Whatever it was, there was something, and the engineer reckoned we could be stuck with high insurance premiums forever, and have difficulty selling, so advised us not to buy.