Large parts of the St Osyth estate have been uninhabited for many years due to the very poor condition of the buildings. This is mainly due to the fact that for nearly one hundred years there has been little to no investment in essential repairs that would ensure that these ancient and fragile buildings do not reach or indeed pass the point where their decline is so rapid that it results in their complete collapse. Unfortunately many of these lovely buildings have already reached that point with the remainder fast approaching the same fate. A number of the buildings are Scheduled Ancient Monuments, an archaeological based designation that affords the buildings immense protection from change, for instance you cannot dig the ground or even carry out maintenance works without getting permission from English Heritage. Thus there is no obligation on the owner to maintain a Scheduled Ancient Monument meaning that buildings such as the Abbotts Tower or the great monastic Tithe Barn could be allowed to collapse and then they would be lost forever. However, as custodians of these important historic buildings the Sargeant family believe that they have found a solution to secure their survival.