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"Waving at the Gardener," the 2009 Asham Award collection of short stories, will be published by Bloomsbury in September.

"Waving at the Gardener," the 2009 Asham Award collection of short stories, will be published by Bloomsbury in September.

Another home once owned by Virginia Woolf is in the news. Earlier this month, the news was that the Round House is up for sale. Now the news is that the site of Asham House is full of trash.

Asham House, Woolf’s country home in Sussex from 1912 to 1919, was demolished in 1994 so that a landfill could expand. The Virginia Woolf Society opposed the demolition, but it took place anyway. 

The amount paid in compensation to the East Sussex County Council was used in part to set up the Asham Literary Endowment Trust.

Now the 60-acre landfill — which has taken in around 250,000 tons of rubbish each year — is full. It will close today for what operators call a “substantial restoration programme.”

The program will restore the site to a “Sussex Downland standard, in keeping with the surrounding environment and landscape, providing a high quality habitat for plants and animals,” according to a story in the Mid Sussex Times.

When Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived in Asham House, the legend was that the house was haunted. This became the basis for Woolf’s two-page short story “A Haunted House,” which tells the tale of a ghostly couple who glide through the rooms of their well-loved home at night.

Ironically, the gentle ghostly couple were searching for “buried treasure.” But neither Woolf nor her fictional characters could have imagined the tons of trash that would be buried on the site over the course of 15 years.

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roundhouseIn 1919, Virginia Woolf purchased the Round House in Pipe Passage, Lewes for £300. This year it is for sale again, but the price is £800,000.

The Round House, which is said to look much as it did when Woolf bought it, is being sold by the same estate agents that originally sold it to her as a weekend and holiday home.

Charles Wycherley, who runs a family estate agent in Lewes, will auction the house June 9. Woolf bought the house from his great-grandfather, Alfred.

The current owner of the cottage, which was built in 1801 and was once the town windmill, is retired teacher Annie Crowther, who is moving to a home nearby. The Round House was also owned by John Every, ironmaster of Lewes Phoenix works.

The same year Woolf purchased the Round House, she discovered Monk’s House in nearby Rodmell, which both she and Leonard favored because of its orchard and garden. She then bought Monk’s House and sold the Round House.

Get more details about the Round House and view interior photos. Read about other Woolf places here and here.

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