The corner in our front room had been damp for a while - it had got worse over the past couple of months though and rather than have wallpaper that was falling off then we thought we would rather have dodgy looking walls for a bit!
This is the corner! We bought the house nearly 7 years ago and the people who lived in it before us were bodgeit and crap - or certainly used builders who were! They obviously knew about the damp but rather than fix it they took the route of 'lets cover it up and hope that the new people don't notice' and to be fair we didn't notice for several years.
See that silver bit in the photograph above - it's tin foil. Yes they really did cover the damp wall with tin foil and then put lining paper and the wallpaper over the top. Yes it stopped the damp from coming through for a few years but now our walls are really, really wet and need all the old plaster knocking off and re-doing.
Bloody idiots!!! I could tell tales of all the other dodgy jobs we have found around the house but I won't - not yet anyway! Luckily we have dehumidifiers for our damp cellar (that was our dodgy builder this time!) so we have brought one up to the front room and it is drying the wall out nicely. Luckily we know what the problem is and it is easily fixed :)
That's the trouble with living in a house that is over 110 years old!