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Report - Bessingham Manor, Bessingham, February 2013

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Dhesmund, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. Dhesmund

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    Hello guys. This is my first time urbexing and so is also my first report. I hope it meets your standards.

    I visited this derelict manor with my friend after checking out another Bessingham Manor report on here and realising we were only a 30 minute drive from it. The manor was built in 1871 and it was the home of the Spurrell family. The most interesting family member was Edmund Dunham Spurrell who inherited the house in 1906 after his fathers dead. He was an eccentric bloke who brought back a bear with him from India and would get it to dance for him and his guests at his parties. It eventually escaped and attacked a housemaid and several of his guests. Poor thing got shot and buried somewhere on the grounds. More can be read here, accompanied by an old photo of the bear performing - Bear and the ivy | Samphire

    The building now has long been abandoned and nature is reclaiming it. Most of the first and second floors have now collapsed as well as the stairs leading up to them. So unfortunately we couldn't get up there although we could have managed somehow, however, we didn't feel like taking the risk. Perhaps another time.

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    The hatch in the picture leads the massive cellar. We didn't bring a torch with us and sod going down there in the pitch black!

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    I found this old christmas card amongst the rubble. You can just about make out the words.

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    Not sure what this room used to be but as you cab tell, it no longer has a roof at all and is getting taken over by nature.

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