The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Window on the Past

Can’t believe it was over a year ago since we hit this derelict Manor House… What a day that was… Also I can’t believe from shots I’ve seen of the place since then, exactly how many people have been there and utterly trashed and robbed the place… It’s tragic enough that such buildings are left to rot away, but to vandalise them in the process is utterly beyond me…

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45 responses

  1. A lovely shot B. Have to agree that it’s a sad commentary on human nature to destroy rather than preserve. Having seen your other shots from the manor it was obviously quite the treasure!! All good things… :(

    At least you were fortunate to see it in it’s undisturbed state and document it before others wrecked it. :)

    July 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    • I’d have to say it certainly was quite the treasure, and it WAS up for sale… Let’s hope someone did / does buy it, and restores it to its former glory… If only I had a couple of million to spare !!… Thanks muchly G.. :)

      July 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

  2. I feared that might happen. Why must it always be like this? They’re the same idiots who leave their trash strewn all over the beautiful [pristine] beach they have just enjoyed. I’m so glad that you recorded it in all its faded beauty.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    • Well it’s always a risk, and to be honest I’m surprised it survived hidden away for as long as it did… I know trespassing isn’t exactly “right”… but at least we never damage anything / we leave nothing, and come away with only photographs…

      July 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

  3. It’s a great shot, reminds me a bit of my old room photo http://martinsoler.com/2009/11/25/old-room/ but your’s is more interesting.

    July 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    • Thanks Martin, I’ll have to check your shot out in a mo…

      July 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

  4. WOW! I absolutely love this photograph… hauntingly beautiful. Great work!

    July 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

  5. I’m so sorry to hear that! Good thing your photos will preserve some of this place.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    • Thanks Avital… Fortunately we managed to get quite a few shots too..

      July 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

  6. Some people have no respect for anyone or anything…. so sad.
    I’m glad you went there when you did, and were able to capture it’s beauty in your photographs.

    July 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    • It certainly is a sad state of affairs these days… Respect is a huge thing for me, and there’s little I can see to be gained from having a lack of it… Thanks Michaela.. :)

      July 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

  7. The light is beautiful in this photo…great capture..!

    July 25, 2011 at 1:38 am

  8. Cool shot with the light bursting in the window. Also makes me think of how we build and use and then leave and not clean up behind ourselves. Would have loved to see a “before” of this room.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:22 am

    • Yes I agree… It’s such a shame this place became disused… I too would have loved to have seen it a few years ago…

      July 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

  9. It is a sad commentary on the way of things; it is unfortunate that there are people in the world raised with no respect for anything, including themselves. It is a cycle that needs to be broken, but the task itself seems impossible. Glad you got your chance to take your photos when you did.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    • Absolutely, and it makes no sense to me at all why people choose to intentionally do such things… but what can you do apart from teach your kids to respect things in the way we do… Cheers Karen.. :)

      July 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  10. LOVE your urbex shots – I can’t believe people have vandalised this place :(

    July 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    • Thanks so much JP.. It sure is a shame how this place has been trashed..

      July 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

  11. A wonderful shot, even in its sad commentary.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm

  12. Fantastic shot, Brian. I’m sorry to hear about the vandalism.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  13. What an awesome shot Brian! I love old buildings like this, always great subjects.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:37 am

    • Cheers Kieran… You’re not the only one… I can’t get enough of derelict and abandoned either…

      July 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

  14. Even in this run-down condition, the architecture is stunning. SO sad to hear not all ‘tresspassers’ have the same respect for the place as you did. Equally glad you were able to get there to photo the place before the vandals hit.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    • It sure was quite the place Tracy, and this particular room was nowhere near the best either… The staircase (since trashed) was seriously impressive… Such a shame the others have ruined it… Thanks Tracy..

      July 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

  15. How is it that this place, which has been abandoned for so long, suddenly become sooo ransaked in the course of just one year?!! It’s so crazy. I remember when you found this amazing place. Are the books still there? Do you know? I guess everyone likes sounvenirs… ugh. A great photo with all that peeling wallpaper and debris. It’s funny to see those floral curtains in the window admist all that grit.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    • I have no idea… It was such a closely guarded and hard to find secret too… but it grew in notoriety, and not everyone was quite so respectful as we were… I doubt very much if anything is left there now, which is such a shame… I’m not even sure I’d want to go back to find out, as it would be seriously lame to see it robbed of all its history… Thanks so much A…

      July 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

  16. It’s still a fabulous photo even if the recent neglect and vandalism is sad. You have some very thought provoking images in your recent posts. I’m playing catch-up at the moment.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    • Thanks so much Keith.. It sure is a shame to see it in such a state.. And thank you so much for your comment on my recent images..

      July 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm

  17. Val

    There will unfortunately always be people who ruin things for others, but at least you’ve the ability here to turn their mess into beauty.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:09 am

    • Thanks so much Val… I simply cannot understand what pleasure people get from such wanton acts of destruction…

      August 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

  18. Amazing shot, Brian. Makes me think on how we can built beautiful structure in one hand and on the other hand destroyed it… Sad…

    July 28, 2011 at 4:54 am

    • I know… It certainly is sad to see such buildings left to ruin… Thanks Anne…

      August 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

  19. So much history in a place like this… if walls could only talk, right?
    Amazing, amazing image, sir! Love it!
    :)

    August 2, 2011 at 3:08 am

    • I’m sure there would be some stories from this, and the other places I’ve visited… Thanks SIG..

      August 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

  20. Love this Picture

    August 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

  21. Very cool :)

    August 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

  22. Amazing shot! I keep wanting to look at this, I feel really drawn in to it. It’s so sad to hear about the vandalism. I hope that one day (soon) someone gives the house the love and tlc it is crying out for and that they can restore it to it’s former glory.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    • Thanks so much Samantha… There’s something quite fascinating about abandoned buildings isn’t there… and if ever the opportunity arises is created, then I love to roam around with my camera capturing what I can….

      August 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

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