North House Farm/Estate, Harthill, South Yorks, February 2020

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People's Republic of South Yorkshire.
1. The History
Harthill is an ancient village at the south-eastern tip of the West Riding of Yorkshire. In the village can be found the former North House farm and its extensive outbuildings. After a lot of research, very little information could be found about the farm itself. It has, however been empty and abandoned for some time despite intermittent periods of time spent on the housing market.

It’s now surrounded by an abandoned estate of seven detached houses with garages. They were being built by the landowner who finished a larger house in the middle of the plot. This is now inhabited but the surrounding houses lay boarded up and empty. They were apparently started around 1986. Sources refer to the developer running out of money and the work on the properties, which where finished in terms of external construction and awaiting fitting out internally, stopping in the early 1990s. Other rumours abound that the builder and his wife divorced during the building of these unfinished houses and as part of the divorce settlement, she received the houses/land plus a lump sum. Now the houses just sit awaiting either finishing off or demolition and redevelopment.

2. The Explore
Came here a year or so ago but the light was giving up plus I was a bit pushed for time so only got around the fam house and some of the outbuildings so been meaning to have a proper look at the place. So, on a windy and rain-soaked morning checked it out with a non-forum member mate of mine. The farm outbuildings are extensive and have been subject to some efforts to convert them, which clearly stopped some time ago. The remain empty and devoid of anything of interest. The farmhouse has a got a bit more about it but remains in a pretty poor state and is also a shell bar a few fireplaces and some old bits of wallpaper. The seven houses are all boarded up bar one, which was no big loss given their uniform layout. It has a bit of a weird feel to it for new houses all to be in this abandoned state. Overall, not a place to go out of your way for but if you are in the area, worth a quick pop in.

3. The Pictures

The farmhouse:

49538791473_4d0c4724bb_b.jpgimg5660 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49538793543_96642e78b9_b.jpgimg5659 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Internally, it’s in a pretty poor state:

49539521942_939d68ae4a_b.jpgimg5658 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539531707_0e00418b08_b.jpgimg5648 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The roofs gone here completely:

49539640442_a6473c3b26_b.jpgHarthill 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on this bay window:

49539410601_8682dd77da_b.jpgHarthill 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Brick fireplace:

49539534587_6657d7d03f_b.jpgimg5646 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Shutters still intact:

49539302451_ec2eaa2f9f_b.jpgimg5647 by HughieDW, on Flickr

That wallpaper again:

49539638577_0527637be4_b.jpgHarthill 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

But you can get up-stairs still:

49539410241_e6bc364af4_b.jpgHarthill 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539298036_da7a9f0795_b.jpgimg5652 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539297171_b837b02e39_b.jpgimg5653 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And also, up into the top floor too:

49539523782_4e58641aa1_b.jpgimg5656 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539530557_af43520bdc_b.jpgimg5649 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539295091_c3b7126fcb_b.jpgimg5655 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539409916_d8b765517d_b.jpgHarthill 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

On to the estate itself:

49538788188_3f9ce8ed49_b.jpgimg5662 by HughieDW, on Flickr

It’s got a strange vibe to it:

49539282506_5ee1a13ba9_b.jpgimg5664 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539637607_f43d1f1e5f_b.jpgHarthill 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49538784748_e7475a4c92_b.jpgimg5666bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

49538783863_e884843c29_b.jpgimg5667 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539278826_0c5260cb53_b.jpgimg5669 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539504012_c7b5c33879_b.jpgimg5677 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49538781103_3ed630ea51_b.jpgimg5670 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Inside one of the double garages:

49539637092_30f91c6e1c_b.jpgHarthill 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Inside the only house that is not fully boarded-up. It would have had nice views out across the fields:

49539505602_f7cbcf67b1_b.jpgimg5671 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49538779648_8bff409866_b.jpgimg5674 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49539273871_f58d739b76_b.jpgimg5678 by HughieDW, on Flickr


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Nice set there Hughie..quite a lot to see, and that wallpaper ha ha.

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