Tales of the Urban Explorer: The House in the Woods

The House in the Woods” was tough to photograph. Get too close and you can’t get it all in, too far away and there’s too much wood getting in the way.

We had just left "The Artists House" (coming soon to a HIVE Blockchain near you), and noticed this sorry-looking property close to the roadside.

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"I recognise this one", I said to @anidiotexplores. It was posted on Facebook a few weeks ago by someone else. It's always a good feeling when you come across a derp by accident and better still if it's one you have seen on Facebook.

It looked like a wreck from the outside, but you never can tell.

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Waiting for the all-clear concerning passing cards we bypassed the herras fencing which rendered us semi out-of-sight.

Jeez, what a shithole. This one had gone too far and I was amazed there was still glass in the upper-most windows.

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There was no way we were getting beyond the ground floor as the upper levels had caved in years ago.

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falling through to the basement was always an option. I chose NOT to make the jump on this occasion and the room beyond remained... unexplored’…

We meandered around what was left of this wreck, struggling at times just to see what was around the back.

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Possibly the basement. Fuck that, I was not going to crawl though all the decaying mess to get to a likely big nothing.

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Slimy collapsed beams are not always a great stabilising point. I had little choice if I wanted to reach the opening at the far left corner.

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After a struggle I made it and the room at the back was a little more normal.

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Talk about encrusted rust laced with decaying cobwebs.

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On the left side of this car was a caravan which I miraculously forget to photograph.

The problem was it was positioned to stop people from getting there. I had to jump on the hood and crawl across.

Easy you think? Not when there are dents and sharp edges all over it.

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Grunting and complaining, I looked at the seats while in mid-clambour which contained junk and broken glass.

The caravan was much more interesting and used to house a 'Mr. Clarke'. Part of his life has been left here.

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I never did own a GameCube, and American Football is not popular in the UK.

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Dear Deidre is a mid-page column in ‘The Sun’ where people send their sex problems for this madam to analyze. It’s probably the most entertaining section in it. I noted the newspaper was from 2009.

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The Pogues, ugh.. can’t stand the band or that song.

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Methinks Mr. Clarke has not lived here in some time. Things were looking a little forlorn.

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The address on this letter is not this location. In fact, he has lived in several places. The letter was interesting. Is this some trouble with the law?

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I should have taken note of the expiry dates. I would estimate them to be around TEN years old looking at the other evidence.

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There was a lot of crap to look through if you had the time. I tend to photograph some bits and analyse them later.

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It seems we are not the first lot of explorers to rummage through it all. His belonging were scattered everywhere.

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Seven years earlier than the previous Police letter, Mr. Clarke lived somewhere else (not here again!) and was struggling with his finances.

The bank refused to allow him an overdraft and two cheques had bounced.

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Had he been thrown out of both properties and forced to live in this broken-down shithole of a caravan?

It does make you think about what has become of Mr. Clarke.

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The house was a derelict wreck but the visit was saved by this mini Time Capsule.

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A couple of other wrecked houses were close by but yielded nothing. It was a little boggy in that area and we quickly gave up trying to get closer.

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Getting out was a little more challenging as the local farmer has decided to lace the exit with barbed wire.

We could not be arsed backtracking across the car, then through that death trap of what was a house and eventually found a way through.

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Things are not always as they seem. What appeared to be a bore turned out to be much more!

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Those Tillman welding gloves are everywhere, don't think I've ever seen another maker, they monopolized that industry perfectly.

Boggy. Explain.

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Is the the orange glove in the wrecked car? I wouldn't know.

Boggy... it looked dry.. but ..

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Now I see.

Yes, that Orange welding glove is a Tillman. They make every style welding glove you can and can't think of.

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Darn it.. I'm in an area of spotty reception and all that would load was a picture of some papers and some dvds!!

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Do you have any idea what must have happened to the owner of the house? Or maybe why the house was in such a wreck even if the person must have left it ten years or more?


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With houses it's tough to get history unless you can get talking to a neighbour who is chatty. Most of them time, they are calling the police because they think you are in there to vandalise. I have to keep quiet to avoid this.

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Oh you had to do an undercover survey lol. I get it now. Thanks for your feedback.


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Wow, based on the first couple of pictures I didn't think it was going to be as good of an explore as it was. Looks like you got some pretty good leftovers there. Artifacts. Is that what you call them again?

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I don't know about Artifacts. I'm thinking Lara Croft now 😀. Memories of a life more like. The letters are always good. They seem to leave the dodgy ones in full view!

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Damn, what a find.

It does make one wonder what Mr. Clarke had been up to and what the (probable) hardships were that he faced. Everyone has their own story, and this particular piece of history that you've found doesn't paint a positive one for the poor chap. Indeed, I do wonder where he is now, too.

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I do wonder too. I do look them up sometimes but as this bloke has lived in more places than I have eaten hot dinners, he would be tough to track down.

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Either that photo is making the hole to the basement look bigger than I think it is or you're bigger than me as I reckon I would have fit without crawling.

That place does look like a bit of a hazard though x_x

All these interesting places that you find where it looks like the person was fully intending to come back but didn't O_O

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You don't know what you are standing on to get to the entrance proper. Lots of crap in the way and an unsteady landing. I thought better of it.

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If I was actually standing there I may have done likewise, from the safety of the other side of the world I was just looking at the size of the entry without considering the surrounds 😅

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Yeah totally derpy, glad you did the caravan, I went in the middle of winter, it was boggy as fuck not at all pleasant

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The caravan area was very boggy. The climb over the car, not too pleasant!

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I thought the artists house was now fully secured, someone been ripping boards off windows again I guess

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Possibly the basement. Fuck that, I was not going to crawl though all the decaying mess to get to a likely big nothing.

Well, if you are going to take that attitude!! :)) So glad you didn't. These are too entertaining to lose you to the decaying mess. And rats! There could be rats own there.

Yikes.

Mr. Clark was an interesting dude who left his mess everywhere. What a wet mess there, especially the rotting wood, and only been gone since 2009? Although that gold stove tells stories of the 70's.

I think that at one time, it was a pretty little place, and as derelict, as it is now, I can still see some of those lines. I have to wonder how these places come to be. Who in their right mind owns places and lets them go to the urbex crowd?

I didn't think this had the potential to be awesome, but, I rather enjoyed this one, minus the pits of horror that you didn't jump down into.

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2009 is a long time in wet Britain. Stuff doesn't last long here if you don't give it heat and protect if from the endless rain!

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That is true, no dehumidifier and all that water.

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