Here are the words of the man himself. They deserve to be read and while belief that any man could ride on under such conditions may take a moment the reality is that this was war back then, 1854.
And this man lived here among us after those events. He did not really prosper but, at some point, he gained ownership of Balaclava Cottage above and let it. He lived for some years in Mill Street, Elsing.
Little did he know that not only would it still be lived in today but that, as a result of the somewhat out-of-place ambitions of one owner it gained a brief and thankfully passing notoriety. If that man had had his way it would have more resembled a concrete blockhouse of a very much later war than Olley's.
This page is the result of the work of Ernie Pinch, who has compiled a fine archive about old Lyng...
THE subject of the Crimean War continues to interest authors and one that Ernie came across is from this fascinating book, House Histories, by Melanie Backe-Hansen who is the historian employed by house agents Chesterton Humbert. The book has three pages on Balaclava and is worth acquiring - full details are in the fourth frame; the publisher is Hiistory Press.