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Home Farm (AKA Foxlease Farm) - Hampshire - July 2014

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brickworx

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First post for me on Derelict Places, here goes:

As far as previous visits go, 'Home Farm (aka Fox Lease Farm)' part of 'Minley Manor' looked pretty much untouched. A quick search revealed a report by 'WhoDaresWins' from whom I stole a little info below (cheers mate!). It was a needed steal as the facts within said info come 'straight from the horses mouth' in that they came direct from someone with strong connections to the farm itself.

Access was easy as and I spent a good,long day in here, stopping for a bit of lunch and exploring the entire place completely un-disturbed on a beautiful sunny day....happy times.

The whole place is pretty mashed up, with the living quarters in the worst shape through a mix of fire (why do people burn houses? although I like the look of burnt houses tbh!) and natural decay and I was glad of my hard hat considering the state of it...all good though, no accidents on this day although lots of beam walking skillz required!

It really doesn't take long for mother nature to take hold and she has throughout the site. Lots of areas take the appearance of mini-jungles, with foliage spilling through walls and windows and trees powering skyward inside once busy buildings. There's not much going on inside the structures in the way of items etc but still plenty to see around the place in terms of destrcution, decay, nature and architecture.

The History:
A classic example of a country estate with buildings and a designed landscape forming an integral composition reflecting late C19 taste. Minley Manor and its pleasure grounds laid out by Robert T Veitch and his landscaper F W Meyer in the 1880s form the centrepiece to the estate. This followed an earlier phase of planting undertaken by James Veitch in the 1860s. The western half of the estate is criss-crossed by a network of drives and tracks radiating from Fleet Lodge, one of which leads to Home Farm (a model farm built to the design of Arthur Castings in 1900) situated 500m south-east of the Manor.

(Stolen info from insider!):
''I saw your post a couple of months ago when trying to find out what had happened (if anything) to the farm where my aunt It made me very sad to see the place, how it has fallen into disrepair and is sat empty and unloved in your pictures but I can help to answer some of your questions..........

My aunt moved into no. 17 home farm about 30 years ago where she used to run a riding school. On the farm there were sheep and cattle, some agricultural land a few pigs, and the area in front of the house was home to chicken and ducks and for a couple of years a pair of geese, the male of which was a real ruffian who would attack anyone who was foolish to get to close to him. The stables mainly housed liveries and cattle but the stalls you show in the pictured subtitled old stables was home to a riding school. I spent many happy years as a child and into the beginning of the adult life at the farm riding the horses and playing with the animals. We had family gatherings and Christmas's and the like in the house. The place is always full of good memories for me.

I spent many days and nights in no.17 and never came across anything in the house and on the farm which would make me think it was haunted as is rumoured..... I have spoken to my aunt and she says that she never saw or heard anything to make her think the place was haunted and trust me she would have said something if she did (you should here the shriek that comes out of her if she spots a rat!). The place was quite drafty though but in an old house kind of way rather than a spooky house kind of way''


So, onto the pics - full slideshow available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125506319@N04/sets/72157645772238862/show/


14689123381_3e626e4938_b.jpgFront by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14505651209_519ff9bb33_b.jpgTidyTidy by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14689129831_90139f7f3c_b.jpgKillersRoom by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14712165253_0a0dc7b24d_b.jpgWoordWorx by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14505662378_354255d2fc_b.jpgNotOpened by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14692021922_f3e5e00910_b.jpgManInBuiltWithCraft by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14505633040_5f2cf4807b_b.jpgTimeless by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14505658488_b8d9fc4bc2_b.jpgCreepy2 by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14712177733_a502a5f055_b.jpgLoveStairs by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14689918874_77ab7709df_b.jpgCaned by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14712173433_d03473a28e_b.jpgISlowedHerDown by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14505642939_7ef4f38649_b.jpgShelfDecay by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr

14689920864_57a7a527e5_b.jpgTreeUp by BrickworkUrbex, on Flickr


Thanks for Looking

Brickworx
 
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Thanks man. Appreciated.

Question on Model farms if I may? Do you know what that means ie: the 'model' bit....I wondered when I saw that.
 

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Yeah, it was the victorian model of a perfectly designed farm in terms of layout, fixtures and fittings, etc etc. It's really the first true attempt at organised and researched welfare and efficiency in agriculture in the modern era.
 

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first shot rather splendid - the way you have done it, is not something we see alot of, but its nicely done an perfect for an opening photo.
Really liking your style of shots!!! be proud of this mate
 

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Loving those shots with the half black and white ripped photos! And i really like that staircase shot. Excellent
 

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Very nice report. Love the first image cracking opener if you ask me.

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Cheers mate, I found some old pics as part of my prep for the visit and it just came to me. Hard to get right though perspective wise....let alone unsteady hands! :)
 
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