Urban explorer Colin Smith stumbled upon this creepy mansion, which has been abandoned for 30 years (Picture : MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)
If you find haunted houses absolutely petrifying, you won’t be keen to look around this abandoned mansion.
After all, it’s filled with painted portraits, old family photos, silver-plated cutlery, and a grand piano, and it’s not clear what happened to its previous residents – that’s all the stuff of ghost stories, right?
Urban explorer Colin Smith, 36, stumbled upon the house while driving home from a job on the outskirts of north London.
He saw the long, overgrown driveway first, then returned a few days later to take a look inside.
There were some eery finds.
The eight-bedroom property dates back to the 1930s, and has a kitchen, former servant quarters, and a bell system so owners could call staff from their own quarters.
A grand piano and newspapers from 1954 lie strewn across the property, but sell-by dates on old food cans and newer newspapers suggest the property has been abandoned for around 30 years.
What’s not clear is why; or what happened to the owners to make them leave without clearing their things.
‘I came across this amazing house completely by accident,’ Colin, who goes by ‘The Bearded Explorer’ on YouTube, said.
‘I was driving in the area for a job when I noticed the stunning architecture which really drew me in.
‘The driveway and all of the windows were completely overgrown, so I knew it had been left for a long while.
An upstairs bedroom littered with magazines, furniture and broken personal items (Picture: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)
‘I dropped a pin in the map on my phone and then a few days later I went back with my girlfriend and my mate and we had a look round.
‘Normally these chance discoveries tend to be the better ones for urban explorers as the chances are that no one has been there yet.
‘It was quite creepy because it was so dark and the house was so big. It didn’t look as if it had fallen into a dangerous state of repair.
‘If I had to guess, I would say that the house was perhaps sold to a property tycoon who simply didn’t have the time or resources to renovate it.
‘When I put a torch in a room and realised just how big it was with the tall ceilings, it was really unexpected.
‘The attention to detail in every room was incredible. They must’ve spent an absolute fortune doing it up.
‘One of the most interesting finds was the bell system in the hallway and kitchen. Each room had its own bell which linked up to the kitchen.’
Inside the house Colin discovered painted portraits, black and white photos, and a fridge filled with mouldy food and gone-off drinks.
The huge rooms have been left to decay (Picture: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)
The cellar was filled with old wine bottles and jars, a hallway floor was covered in old books, rubbish was scattered around the rooms.
‘I imagine that in the past the owners of the home must have had servants and the bell system was used to let them know when they needed something,’ Colin said.
‘Some of the personal items we found were incredible.
‘There was a pair of glasses left eerily on a chair covered in dust, newspapers dating back decades and silver-plated cutlery in the kitchen.
‘It’s these personal items that really spark your imagination when exploring a home like this.’
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