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Report - Cattistock Lodge - Dorset - December 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Forlatt, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. Forlatt

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    For my first ever urban exploration, I was initally hoping for an 'easy in, easy out' sort of deal - but hell, all the bumps and bruises and scratches (so many scratches) of today's explore made it far more rewarding in the end.

    Cattistock Lodge is about a ten minutes' walk from my house, and, for as long as I've lived in the area (15 years), it has always appeared to be in a state of disrepair. However, it has apparently only been uninhabited for a couple of years, which, having seen the state of the inside, makes me pretty damn incredulous.

    Although the house must have been huge when it was lived in, I'd estimate that only about a third of it still stands - the other two thirds I had to clamber over in order to reach the intact portion. This is the view of the front of the building from the road.
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    This evidently used to be part of the house, but now it's completely detached from the intact section of the building and completely exposed to the elements. By the way, that patch of grass you can see in the bottom left-hand corner isn't the ground; this is actually the second floor, and the grass is simply growing on a mountainous pile of rubble.

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    The front room. How this was habitable two years ago evades me.
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    I think the bathroom was my favourite room.
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    Many of the drawers and cupboards I came upon were wide open, with letters and documents dating back to 1948 just lying out on surfaces. It seemed quite unnatural.
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    It was directly under this archway, as I was making to enter the final room, when my entire leg suddenly went through the floor. I was surprised it hadn't happened sooner, actually; there was mould growing on every surface and I failed to find a single piece of wood that wasn't completely rotten.
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    Leaving the place was infintely easier than entering it.
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    Interesting, I have driven past the house many times.
    Does anyone know who owns the property ?
     
  3. Forlatt

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    I believe an old woman called Margaretta Soulsby lived there for about 15 years, although she moved out two or three years ago, so I don't know if it still legally belongs to her.
     
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    I visited this place in the summer last year with my daughter, we were just in the back taking pictures of the trees and woodland area, never had the courage to venture into the house. HOWEVER, we did go up to the house and look through a broken window, and saw a chair with some packs of biscuits on it, so obviously someone was there. When I raised this to the guy behind the counter in the Stores in Maiden Newton I was told that the old lady still lived there. Such a sad story! I'm a "Closet Sarah Beaney" and if I had a £million it would buy this place and restore it to its former glory. Its just so sad to see this place fall apart. Can't seem to find any old images of this place though. I would have thought that such a grand house, there would be something out there.
     
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    Nice shots! Did some research and Margaretta Soulsby still owns the place (and is still registered as living there!).

    Visited here a few weeks back and judging by the condition, there is no way in hell anyone could've lived there three years ago, when it's thought she moved out. Half of the upper floor of the relatively intact part of the house has fallen through and could not have deteriorated to that degree in so little time. Lovely adventure and well worth a visit! :)
     
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    If you want to see it, I'd get in there quickly as this ones really falling apart fast, which is such a shame. Everything is rotting out, I took some risky climbs to get into the second half of the building which is one of the only parts that isn't totally rotted out but found the stairs led down to a very large hole in the kitchen floor! haha. Bonus points to those who spot the old Jaguar and the well. ;) Very intimate explore this one with so many personal things laying around the building, was a great looking around despite the condition.
     
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    Where's the old Jaguar? We visited this again yesterday, found the massive well but didn't see a car
     
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    A roof has partially fallen on it, but it's a pretty special find, if you do.
     
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    Necroing this, went around yesterday but didn't go far as it was dangerous enough but I was alone as well and no one knew I was there so yeah.
     
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    For what it's worth, it appears Margaretta Soulsby was the last of her family and passed away last month. Not sure what'll happen to the house now.
     
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    Sad about Margaretta, I'd love to know what her story was.
     
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