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Report - Houghton Grange – Cambridgeshire – Dec 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by mockney reject, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    The History

    Houghton Grange has lain empty for over 25 years since the poultry research business who used it for decades along with rest of the estate closed. It is now in a bad way due to neglect and vandalism. There are two horrific 1960’s laboratory extensions either side of the main house.

    “Houghton Grange, now in course of completion for Mr. Harold Coote, is situated upon Houghton Hill, a few miles from Huntingdon, and commands an extensive view of the surrounding country. It is approached from the main road by a long straight avenue of limes on the north side, while to the south are the terraces, gardens, and lawn, leading down to the River Ouse. The house stands upon a roughly hammer-dressed base of Weldon stone, and has mullions and dressings of the same material, of which the carving has been executed by Mr. Henry Price, of Kensington. The walls are of red brick, and the roof hung with old green tiles. The plan is a plain parallelogram, whose only excrescences are the bay windows and chimneys, and, in addition to the accommodation shown, there are four bedrooms and a box-room on the second floor. The hall and drawing-room are panelled in oak, the former having above the panelling a frieze of red brickwork and an oak-framed ceiling. The rooms on the first floor are low, with the exception of the four principal bedrooms, which have barrel ceilings in the gables. A lodge has been built at the drive gates, and some of the old farm buildings are in process of conversion into stables.


    The Explore

    Another one in a day of hectic adventures, myself and @slayaaaa hit this one up on the way up norf. Pretty glad we stopped here as the place was lovely. As we walked down the long tree lined drive it was obvious that they loved a security camera here, but it appeared that none of them worked as we were here on out own for a fair while. The only sign of anything was the standard noisy PIR alarm, which we just ignored. The place has been fairly vandalised but did have some lovely bits, the staircase was col and reminded me of my old school. Although I wasn’t sure what the winch inside it was for. The main part of the building looked like someone had had a go at refurbishing it at some stage and had run out of money. As we were on our way out we noticed that the security tannoys where making a noise, after listening to it for a while we realised that is was in fact trying to play a warning message of some kind but had malfunctioned and was just making white noise, oops

    We are planning to go back and have a nose around the side buildings but for now enjoy the pics

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  2. JoeHambleton

    JoeHambleton 28DL Full Member
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    Did you mange to get into the main house? so none of the is working anymore?
     
  3. Renebelle

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    Is this still up for exploration
     
  4. 1nk4

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    yes
     
  5. JoeHambleton

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    was there any security? I've heard CCTV is still active and monitored
     
  6. Porker of the night

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    Good report, nice photos mate! Really is a strange place... Gas chamber rooms with veiwing panels.... Bacteria slides with labels "unknown formation" on them.. And with no history about the place at all.... Who knows what was going on here! When i went we had seen security lurking near the front gate
     
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