image from: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/urban-exploration/ (by: Josephine Pugh)
image from: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/urban-exploration/ (by: Josephine Pugh)

This house is absolutely exquisite in its state of ruin. Urban explorer/photographer Josephine Pugh came across this English manor in Berkshire, UK and photographed it extensively in its current state.

The mansion was abandoned 26 years ago when its last known human inhabitant died at the age of 96.

image from: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/
image from: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/

It has remained largely untouched since that time, save for a few scampering critters.

Yet another time capsule unlocked – we love those here at House Crazy. (Remember the Parisian Apartment frozen in time?)

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environmentalgraffiti.com

This particular home is newer – by old English standards anyway. According to an article by Yohani Kamarudin, the estate was built in 1848 on the site of an earlier manor once rented out to a certain poet named John Milton. That’s the John Milton of Paradise Lost fame.

Oh the irony.

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image from: environmentalgraffiti.com

Records indicate that Milton lived in the house previously standing on this site with his parents and brother in the early 1600’s.

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image from: environmentalgraffiti.com

And though the ruins of that house have long been gone, the current house holds just as much intrigue and mystery.

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image from: environmentalgraffiti.com

How old is this primitive mounted deer head?

House Crazy Confession: I have a morbid fascination with antique taxidermy. There is something really unnerving about the hide of a dead animal preserved for over 100 years. That Victorian stuff both spooks and intrigues me.

Among the other treasures left behind in the old manor was this vintage typewriter:

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image from: environmentalgraffiti.com

Perhaps the last tenant here was himself a writer?

We see indications there was also a lady of the house at one point in time…

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image from: environmentalgraffiti.com
image from: environmentalgraffiti.com
image from: environmentalgraffiti.com

An old baby carriage with a children’s classic…

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image from: environmentalgraffiti.com

Here is a quivering little fawn, essentially frozen in time:

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image from: environmentalgraffiti.com

If you are wondering how you can track this place down to see the treasures in person, good luck.

Urban explorers often will not disclose the exact location where they photographed in the hopes of protecting it from looters and others who might not respect the space.

image from: environmentalgraffiti.com
image from: environmentalgraffiti.com

There is something very poignant and eerie about coming upon an abandoned house with much of the former occupants’ effects still in place. It’s like uncovering some scared, intimate place.

The most haunting image from this house however, is the antiquated bird-cage with a nearly mummified corpse of a bird laying inside:

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image from: environmentalgraffiti.com

Gives me shivers and takes my breath away.

You can see more of Josephine Pugh’s amazing photographs at Environmental Graffiti.