The incredible moment an urban explorer stumbled across a creepy left abandoned for thirty years has been caught on camera.
Former plumber and now full-time urban explorer Colin Smith, 36, from Hampshire, who goes by the name of ‘The Bearded Explorer’ on YouTube was driving home from a job on the outskirts of north London when he spotted the long overgrown driveway of a mansion.
Footage from inside the eight-bedroom property showed the kitchen, former servant quarters, and a bell system where owners could ring the servants, who resided in their own quarters, for assistance.
Silver-plated cutlery, a grand piano and newspapers dating back to 1954 lie strewn across the property.
Sell-by dates on old food cans and newspapers suggest the property has been abandoned for around 30 years, however the reasons for its abandonment remain a mystery.
This large spooky mansion in north London has been rediscovered by urban explorer Chris Smith who shared a video of his exploration on his YouTube channel was drawn into the extensive property by the overgrown driveway leading up the grounds
The abandoned mansion is in a serious state of disrepair after items inside suggest it has been left empty for three decades
Some of the mansion’s many rooms were left in darkness and Chris used a torch to find his way around the spooky property
Old black and white family photographs strewn across the living room floor make it seem as though its owners just vanished
‘I came across this amazing house completely by accident,’ Colin said.
‘I was driving in the area for a job when I noticed the stunning architecture which really drew me in.
‘The driveway and all of the windows were completely overgrown, so I knew it had been left for a long while.
‘I dropped a pin in the map on my phone and then a few days later I went back with my girlfriend and my mate and we had a look round.
‘Normally these chance discoveries tend to be the better ones for urban explorers as the chances are that no one has been there yet.
‘It was quite creepy because it was so dark and the house was so big. It didn’t look as if it had fallen into a dangerous state of repair.
The mansion features large eight bedrooms with high ceilings, one of which is pictured here, as well as servant quarters
Paint peels off the walls and ceilings of every room in the once-spectacular home, a down side of his exploring, Chris says
The once-grand hallway is now falling apart with paint peeling off the walls and doors and glass no longer in the door’s panels
The mansion’s basement was a spooky maze of corridors (left) while some rooms were filled with old books (right) shedding some light into the lives of previous occupants who were clearly book lovers when they lived here some decades ago
This large run-down kitchen in the property still has many of its original features including a twin basin and a cast iron aga
‘If I had to guess, I would say that the house was perhaps sold to a property tycoon who simply didn’t have the time or resources to renovate it.
‘When I put a torch in a room and realised just how big it was with the tall ceilings, it was really unexpected.
‘The attention to detail in every room was incredible. They must’ve spent an absolute fortune doing it up.
‘One of the most interesting finds was the bell system in the hallway and kitchen. Each room had its own bell which linked up to the kitchen.’
The experience of finding such an incredible home is a bittersweet one for Colin who whilst loving the thrill of the find, admits that it can be upsetting to see such incredible homes fall from their former glory.
It is unknown how the property fell into such ruin. Pictured: An upstairs bedroom littered with old magazines and furniture
Newspapers dating back to the 1950s were found inside giving some indication as to when the home was last occupied
Chris found an abstract portrait of a woman lying amongst the decaying rubble giving insight into the former owners’ lives
Opening the fridge in the kitchen was not a good idea as it was still full of left-over food and a bottle of beer for good measure
Among the basement’s many corridors, Chris discovered the cellar is full of old wine bottles and jars on brick shelving
Old newspapers, books and magazines fill this trashed upstairs bedroom, one of eight inside the huge expansive property
‘I imagine that in the past the owners of the home must have had servants and the bell system was used to let them know when they needed something,’ Colin said.
‘Some of the personal items we found were incredible.
‘There was a pair of glasses left eerily on a chair covered in dust, newspapers dating back decades and silver-plated cutlery in the kitchen.
‘It’s these personal items that really spark your imagination when exploring a home like this.’
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