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|The Ten Year Wait|
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You know that feeling you get when you step inside somewhere you've wanted to see for absolutely years? That happened to me here. I have wanted to see inside this manor house pretty much ever since I started exploring so to finally step foot inside here was a pretty nice moment for me. We had intended to hit another place close by but that was a no go, so headed back here for another look 'just in case', and totally unexpectedly found it open.
The oldest part of this manor house was built in 1720 as an attachment to a grotto elaborately decorated with shells, in fashion at the time, for a Viscount's wife who was a Maid of Honour at the wedding of Queen Anne. The family sold the estate to another family in 1771 and the new owners subsequently tore down the former owner's mansion rebuilding their own in it's place and then set about substantially altering and expanding the house attached to the shell grotto - sadly this did involve the dismantling and removal of the shell grotto in question which had fallen out of fashion. The owners leased the now much larger house out to various families and, after the last member of the family passed away in 1875 it was sold to a long term tenant of the house.
It remained in private ownership until the early 1950s when it was sold to a leisure management company who used it as their head offices and training college. The company moved out around 2007 and it has sat empty ever since. One wing was stripped back to bare walls however it appeared no work had been undertaken for quite some time, and I presume it's after the work stopped that the VPS shutters went up over every floor except the very top.
Inside it is obvious that a lot of the damage done to the fabric of the building was done when there was work being undertaken on it, all the pipework and plumbing has been removed and there are various holes knocked here and there but it's still surprisingly solid inside with no rotten floors to speak of. The building is a real maze with stairs going off in all sorts of random directions to different areas with all the extensions added over the years.
Thanks for looking
[last edit 8/5/2018 9:48 AM by mookster - edited 1 times]
I like car graveyards.
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