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    I have been itching to share this place with everyone, so much that I have been trying my hardest to not rush through the rest of the places just to get to it sooner! I rarely fall in love with places, but this place totally captured my heart. I thought I wouldn't see somewhere I liked more than the American asylum I did until I walked into here. I'd even go so far as to say I liked it in here more than Lumiere and Great Tew - at least partly because this place has rarely been explored at all and it gives me a thrill seeing somewhere not well-travelled like those aforementioned locations.

    The original house was constructed in the early 1800s overlooking a 10,000 acre plantation, but was almost totally destroyed in a fire in the late 1800s. The only part that survived, the kitchen wing, was incorporated into the new house built in 1902. The building was abandoned in 1989 and bought by a computer software developer, who later sold it to another party and it still remains empty.

    It sits atop a hill and where once there was an unbroken vista across the land now sits a new development of 300 large, new, crass, soulless mansions of the kind only Americans can build and live in. The kind lived in by people who probably sneer and turn their noses up at 'that old derelict house', also the kind of people who more than likely would call the police at the drop of a hat if they saw anyone snooping around, which made the - literal - run up the steep curving driveway that bit more intense but all the more rewarding when we found ourselves in the stunning entrance lobby.

    I hope you enjoy the photos of this place as much as I enjoyed exploring it. I did take quite a lot of photos of the stairs and for that I have no apologies.













































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    Wow! Nicely done that man, looks absolutely superb.
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    It had an affect on me definitely, walking away from it down the drive I kept stopping and looking back at it! When I win the lottery...
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    This is really special. That stairway merits plenty of pictures. I wonder why pianos always get left behind?

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    Another gem Mook, you've posted a shed load of lovely pics from your American excursion and apart from a bit of urban art our American cousins seem a wee bit short of firebugs and metal Maggie's, should we send em some?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smiler View Post
    Another gem Mook, you've posted a shed load of lovely pics from your American excursion and apart from a bit of urban art our American cousins seem a wee bit short of firebugs and metal Maggie's, should we send em some?
    Oh they have those you can be sure of that - but America is so vast and some places so remote like this one that they don't even feature on those sort of peoples radars. After the asylum I paid a flying visit to an infamous epileptic colony nearby which has been bashed, burnt, stripped and trashed to within an inch of its life just to get a shot of the bashed, trashed, graffiti covered mortuary. Being a 'tourist' and able to travel around I could pick and choose the nice spots :p

    One of my friends over there lives in a city that had a large number of its derelict buildings burnt down by a single serial arsonist for instance...
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    Stunning

    I thought the American look after their historic building better then we do here

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffee View Post
    Stunning

    I thought the American look after their historic building better then we do here
    Nope, they have no system of compulsory listings of buildings of special architectural interest, significance or importance whatsoever. All they have is the 'register of national historic places' which doesn't stop anybody wanting to demolish them. A prime example of this at the moment is the recent unbelievable agreement to demolish Greystone Asylum in New Jersey, one of the largest and most historically and architecturally significant asylums in the country. It's being torn down despite objections from near enough every party other than the developers and the local councillors and there is legally nothing they can do, realistically.
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    Wow, this place is amazing. Would love to see it. And those sinks and baths, etc. Amazing. Shame to see it rot, but wouldn't have seen it if it wasn't rotting, so...
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