Each day, The Times features a “dream home”. One the other day was in Shrewsbury: “A Grade II listed Georgian townhouse with four bedrooms” for what, to those used to the London housing market, will seem a bargain at £330,000.

The really interesting phrase, though:

“You could convert the cellar and attic into useful spaces.”

Now, I get the idea of the attic being converted back into a maid’s room – and maybe a school room in which a girl could be tutored by a governor. But converting the cellar? Nah: I rather think it should be left as cold, dark and damp as possible…