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    Default Old Rectory Care Home, near Cambridge, June 2018


    1. The History
    Can’t find too much history about this place. Like the title implies, it used to be the rectory to the adjacent All Saints church which dates from the 12th century. The rectory house had six hearths in the mid-17th century but by 1836 was said to be 'a mere hut and in ruins'. It was later completely rebuilt in yellow brick under a Welsh Slate roof, probably between 1855 and 1862. It was sold by the church in 1982 and a year later opened as a private residential home for old people in 1983. It’s hard to pin down when the place closed-down but it appears the home shut its doors some time around 2000, possibly because of new regulations surrounding care homes and the fact that rooms had to be on-suite. Hence the place has been left to decay for close on to two decades.

    2. The Explore
    This place attracted quite a lot of attention and reports during 2015. Since then the odd report has cropped up. I noticed it due to the record collection left behind by one of its former residence who had impeccable taste. The Sisters of Mercy bootleg “Enter the Sisters” caught my eye as it is quite rare and valuable. Sadly, the records have long since gone. That said, the place remains graff free and the metal faeries have missed this place too. Long may it continue. So, after the long drive I parked up and proceed to what is effectively a walk in. The place is overgrown but has the road at the front and is overlooked by a house on the left hand side. It’s a fascinating place. It’s got loads of stuff left behind but there’s also load of decay. Downstairs is all accessible apart from the floor has fallen through in the kitchen. There are two sets of stairs up to the first floor. One set is shot but the back set of stairs are OK. The front three rooms up-stairs aren’t for the fainted-hearted as the floors are a bit sketchy. As for the 2nd floor/attic – I gave that a miss. I have mixed feelings while in here. On one level it is very peaceful and photogenic. On another level given the number of personal possessions etc still here the place is tinged with sadness and your mind starts to wander and start wondering about all the old folks who called this place home. The place is too far gone to ever be saved so over the coming few years this place will quite literally fall in on itself. Big up to Rubex for the intel.

    3. The Pictures

    So, there are a few ‘structural’ issues at the front;

    img8084 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8085 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Round the back less so but it’s just overgrown:

    img7990 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7991 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the first hint of what this place used to be:



    img7992 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Into the first room:

    img7997 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7998 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7999 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    I wonder what French Vanilla smells like after all these years?

    img8005 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Another downstairs room and a mouldering dresser:

    img8013 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The main hall is pretty far gone:

    img8012 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8052 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the main entrance:

    img8054 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8055 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The kitchen floor has collapsed:

    img8045 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8009 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Next to the kitchen is the main bathroom:

    img8043 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8011 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This lovely bit of stained-glass remains intact:

    img8026 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The room of the keyboard:

    img8046 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8014 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And a dead bird:

    img8019 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8047 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The grey marble fireplace is rather nice:

    img8017 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8018 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Miscellaneous documentation:

    img8022 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Another room, another old wedding picture:

    img8030 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8031 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And one final downstairs room:

    img8033 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Up-stairs but maybe not this way:

    img8051 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    First room on the 1st floor and here’s a lovely stand-alone bath:

    img8071 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    More accommodation:

    img8075 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8076 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8077 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Nice fireplaces still in-situ:

    img8078 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Someone was a keen photographer who was keen on processing their own film:

    img8081 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    Last edited by HughieD; 25th Jun 18 at 23:31.

  2. Thanks given by: Dhavilland, etc100, ExplorerX, Hugh Jorgan, krela, Luise, Mearing, Mikeymutt, mockingbird, mookster, oldscrote, prettyvacant71, psykie, risingdamp, Rubex
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    Very nicely detailed report, I loved it inside here a few years back, sad the place has been well trodden and walked over, you have documented it really well, cant believe the banisters been ripped apart, I remember upstairs rather dodgy, opened a door and half the floor went not the safest place and certainly isnt anymore!
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    That place has sadly deteriorated. Now the kitchen floor has fallen through. The furniture is nice and so are the fireplaces.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Liked that Hughie, nicely done, Thanks
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    Nice set of the place hughie.nice to see it's all still there.shame about the stairs.we found false teeth in there.wonder if they are still there
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    Great update HD! I had extreme problems with lens flare in most of them ground floor rooms so you had a much better day then me Think all that orange dust on that bath are the spores from dry rot, hence the third floor becoming the ground floor. I couldn't bring myself to go up to the top floor either, it creaked too much, when my foot went through a step I called it a day, and I don't need anymore knocks on the head. You have certainly shown it still has a lot to offer, lovely shots HD!
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    Yeah it definitely hasn't got long left. Beautifully captured HughieD :)

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    Last time I stepped on that floor I almost took the whole floor with it. The bedrooms over the other side are worth it, just need to jump over.
    Brilliant Photos! Love how this place always changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KPUrbex View Post
    Last time I stepped on that floor I almost took the whole floor with it. The bedrooms over the other side are worth it, just need to jump over.
    Brilliant Photos! Love how this place always changes.
    Cheers man. My days of jumping over have passed ;-)

    Nearly forgot, just a few phone pix I forgot to post...

    Rampton 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Rampton 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Rampton 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Rampton 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7996 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8079 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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