Tales of the Urban Explorer: The Cursed Cottage

The Cursed Cottage had a lot to live up to. It was to be the highlight of our Liverpool trip, and who doesn’t love a good time capsule?

I have been told that since our visit the neighbours have gotten tetchy about explorer visits. Not that it's their business but many try to make it so. I hear some have been turned away, molested and threatened with the police blah blah. Whatever!

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We were lucky and saw nobody beside a tribe of people who happened to come around the corner just as @anidiotexplores started scaling the testicle piercing tall front gate.

Is it that in Liverpool everyone is a cat burglar and sights such as this are normal and commonplace? In any case, they didn’t seem to give a shit and carried on walking down the street.

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I walked around the side and after a jump down a small grassy bank met my comrade. He took the hardest possible route into the grounds of The Cursed Cottage. Such is an explorer’s life.

I don’t see how these nosey neighbours can spot explorers. It’s a ways from the next house and unless you enter like a tribe of elephants they aren’t going to notice.


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...'Enter from the back and you need to walk the jungle before you see the house'...

Once on the grounds, we gained access to the property with a little exertion. That's another pound of unwanted lard shifted from my middle, thank you for the exercise.

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We arrived in some kind of kitchen area in the basement. It was already looking good with plenty of possessions left behind.

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I wonder who she is. It's an old picture and she looks like an apache descendent. Except there are next to zero native Americans in Liverpool.

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As well as a kitchen it looked like a dumping area for old bric-a-brac and tools.

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We quickly moved on and found ourselves standing on all kinds of things. It’s generally the case when many explorers, or should I say thieves have been before us.

As usual, I picked a few things out that might look interesting.

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Whoever wrote this scrawls badly. I can make it out with difficulty. Are we dealing with an ex-doctor? It's a well-known fact that doctors' writing is close to illegible.

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No date on the newspaper, I need to take more care before I snap.

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Now, this is class. Who doesn't like a Dirty Harry movie? I watched all these several times over when I was much younger

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From 1982 and a letter to Mr. McKay. Is the 'material' these photographs? Intriguing.

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If I’m not mistaken that’s a BetaMax player, and yet the numerous tapes I see are all VHS.

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Of course… I had to look. Unfortunately, the stack of vintage porn was not to be seen.

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In 1980 your water bill was peanuts and I wager this was for a year. It's £350 every six months now, fucking outrageous.

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This is a little newer and from 2002, and who is Erik? He sounds Scandinavian with that spelling. Did Arthur have a brother or son living at The Cursed Cottage?

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Some scribbles from 1979. Not a clue what all this is about.

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Poor Diana is seen a lot and gets stood on quite often.

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I didn’t spend long in the cellar, for once everything of interest was in the proper places.

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This door could do with a lick of paint.

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Walking through showed a familiar scene. Fire damage, but not enough to obliterate everything.

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Quite the contrary; the possessions appear to be quite fireproof and looked out of place in this burnt-out second storey.

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Someone's been having a right old rummage. Binatone reminds me of another time when plastic electronics could be bought cheaply and were guaranteed to break within a month.

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The real fire had been isolated to one room but the smoke damage was everywhere. It must have happened long ago as the stench was not strong.

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It was a real struggle to climb over the stuff to see what was over there. I had to balance on a washing machine hoping it would not collapse.

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It looks like a hoarder’s house but is really a ransacked one.

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Mr. McKay likes his videos. I was coming across more and more as I looked.

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DVD’s as well as VHS tapes. That’s a crap TV to watch them on though.

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Had all this stuff been moved into the burnt room after? It didn’t make sense.

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That is an impressive stance the wardrobe is taking.... 'Come any closer you bastards and I WILL crush you!.'

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Some video copies are in the wardobe. He didn't just buy originals.

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A letter from Finland for Erik; so there is a connection. I should have read it.

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One of them is ripping off TV shows. Well, what a rogue. I never ever did that, honest.

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It must have been an inferno. I wonder if this is the reason it has been abandoned.

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So much left behind; It might stink of smoke but it likely still works.

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Getting in the bathroom was not easy. Piles of stuff were everywhere.

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It might look like someone is on the shitter, but it's some kind of weird full-length jacket.

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Breaking Bad, as well as being an awesome series is much newer than anything else I saw. Ten years ago all this happened?

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Doors with no handles have a bad habit of closing and making it hard for you to open them. It’s good that there were two of us.

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The Cursed Cottage was great and made our day. I wonder what became of Arthur McKay and his Finnish connected relative.

I can understand the name given to this property having seen the address. There is a connection, and one I can't reveal publicly else it would be up in cinders soon. There will be NO clues.

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abandoned chaos but the radio and cassette player look cute ;))

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I think it might be an old reel-to-reel tape deck. It was covered in ash and I didn't want to handle it.

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wow this is a fantastic write up. we need to learn some things from all these tales.

great lesson.


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I can see you are new, so here's a tip for you. Use your voting power and vote (only on posts) as well as comment. It will get you started and give you some comment votes. I know you have little voting power but people will notice.

.. and thanks... I was terrible at writing when I started here over 3 years ago. It's something anyone can learn if they have the aptitude.

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Wow, a great find. Very strange though, Breaking Bad hardly sits well with the old Minder box set!

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I watched all Breaking Bad, what a series... I could watch it again and not be bored. I also watched Minder long ago, there was always a fight scene. That was the good bit.

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I am the same, I watched Minder way back in the day and Breaking Bad more recently and could totally watch BB again but I don't think I could watch Minder! Although I did watch an episode of the new remake they did out of a weird loyalty to the bass player in my old band who's band did the rejinked music for it

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I saw a little of the remake but couldn't bring myself to watch it. The always pissed off 'Terry' made it. 80's TV seems to cheesy now, but they made great theme tunes. The Sweeney one was great though I cared little for the series.

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The tunes were amazing. I always remember old Minder for the shout of TERRRY! then the fight. :OD

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You should do a post on the 'urbex workout'. Wall climbing, lifting piles of crap etc.

I am trying to not be a hoarder, but having seen some bad cases I'm doing okay really. The Betamax and reel to reel are nice finds. My family had a Sony Betamax, but it was mostly for recording stuff and not sure we bought many pre-recorded. This person obviously loved their videos.

I wonder how well people do from curating your posts. It's a shame hardly any comment.

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It's a shame hardly any comment.

I usually get more than this. Is is because I give out comment votes of value? Talk about the carrot and stick. To be fair, there are few other explorers on here besides @grindle. I kind of like it like that, as weird as it may sound.

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There's a lot of people who only curate. I see 1000 votes on some posts. I'll pass comment on this in my #FollowFriday post.

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I can understand it to a degree. My posts tend to be long and people have little time. They might read (or probably skim it) but not comment. I remember asking you long ago if you read all the posts. Your answer was, 'I tend to skim most'.

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I only read some of what is on my feed now and I'm not following masses of people. I will leave a comment if I find a post interesting to encourage more of that. People do appreciate it.

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Is it fibro? Aside from that looks like it was a cute cottage once. Inferno could have been reason for abandonment though the stuff inside looks in remarkably good nick for having been in a fire o_O

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From what I have read since, the fire was started after it's abandonment. I still don't understand why the possessions did not perish.

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They don't make them like they used to? O_O

Either that or they're possessed hence the name of the cottage? XD

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The house will be beautiful after renovation and the classic stuff like music player , tv, oven are just awesome to collect and store it . overall its nice blog to explore.

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Wow, what a cool adventure! I need to start paying more attention to your posts.

"Water is essential to life, without it we would die." Do tell!

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I'm lucky to be able to do this due to the combined circumstances of no guns and no crazy bastards with guns. We do have some crazy bastards though, you can't have it all.

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Lol, if I tried this shit in Colorado I would definitely get shot.

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That "kind of weird full-length jacket" resembles the coveralls my dad wore as an electrician.

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I'm sure someone placed it there as a stage to scare explorers. They do that sometimes.

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Almost a walkup for a change! I go tv fooled by the basement, looking quite tidy and had some personal effects, but the volume of stuff was almost too much for such a small house. What is with the mattresses being tossed about not placed well. I still don't understand somebody walking away I'm a perfectly good house leaving everything behind.

Poorly, betas and old video. Could have been a good place to shoot up a video. This was a great find within the bounds of dodgy Liverpool.

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What is with the mattresses being tossed about not placed well.

That is a consequence of ransacking. I heard there were items of value (besides whats left), that have been stolen. It required a little exertion to get in, but was well within my capabilities. :)

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There be some fine treasure in there!
Looks pretty dark? No stumbles falls or injuries?

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The burning made it all the darker, but no more than usual. You should give it a go, if you can still get in. I am not sure.

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It has to be done at some point I guess ! I think I need a road trip

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Boots looked like they could go around the block again, shitter was occupied sorry some guy lounging around there @slobberchops, thanks for going where no one dares enter!

Glad you came out smelling Smoky Robinson taking you a little further back... your explores always fun to read.

!BEER to add to the lard 😁

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Thankee mucho for the digital alcohol, I could do with a real one right about now!

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Me too, prohibition and waiting for some alcohol free deliveries to hopefully arrive soon... Coffee is great and water right now.... 😄

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