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Report - Overstone Hall, Northampton - August 2014

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by The Lone Shadow, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. The Lone Shadow

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    History
    Overstone Hall was built in 1866 for the first Lord Overstone aka Samuel Lloyd and featured examples of cutting-edge technology including a central heating system, gas lighting and the earliest-known cavity wall insulation.The house was designed by W M Teulon, younger brother of the renowned Victorian architect S S Teulon. The house has extensive parquet flooring and massive, elaborately carved exposed oak timbers. Built of limestone ashlar with a slate roof, the garden elevation is dominated by an imposing square tower. It was sold to become a girls school in 1929 and remained a girls school until 1979 when the pressures of looking after such a vast pile became too much and it was eventually sold to the New Testament Church of God for £100,000 in 1980 who occupied it until 2008. In 2001 the northern half of the main building was badly damaged by fire and has never been restored. In 2010 it was put up for sale for £1 million, with no takers. The fire which destroyed part of the beautiful Overstone Hall started in one of the upper rooms on the eastern side of the building. Approximately 60 per cent of the building was gutted within 12 hours, destroying all of the best-loved features of the house, including its breathtaking wooden staircase and magnificent library, along with the elegant parquet flooring which graced the public rooms and corridors. It boasted 119 rooms totaling around 20,000 sq ft and is surrounded by a 50-acre park and grounds which contain three lakes, the old carriage block, walled garden and farm buildings. The local council’s preference is that it becomes a single house – but to do so would require someone with big ideas and very deep pockets, willing to spend at least £5-10m on restoration on top of the £1.5m to buy the house and 50-acres.

    The explore
    This was a lone explore one mid morning as my missus and kids were out for the day. There are acres and acres of fields and farmland surrounding this building, so had previously had a quick reccy to plan for the best and easiest journey to the entry point. Once reaching the front of this grade II beauty, entry was really easy with nobody about for miles. Judging from previous reports, I had assumed that this place was relatively sturdy... I was wrong. Much of the site has no roof and falling/loose masonry in places with several floors having fallen through completely carrying beds, cabinets, table etc with it into a crashing heap of wrecked furniture on the ground floor. A large proportion has been reclaimed by overgrowth, at first it was like visiting an old, neglected castle ruin, not much remained except for a few burnt remnants of what was once here. Bumped into 3 or 4 non-explorers whilst walking through the overgrowth, they were just interested what was inside and came in for a look around – and thinking I was an absolutely nuts to be photographing it all alone. Sooner or later, I found one of the main staircases that was still intact, albeit very ropey - which lead up and over the fire damaged parts and to a part of the building where more remained. The floor boards from this point onwards were the most treacherous I have seen to date in any explore. On the top floor were many man sized holes and missing/broken floor boards which revealed a clear 40ft plus drop :eek: and judging by the floor reliability previously, I was absolutely crapping myself whilst crossing them. Some parts even required walking across planks of wood with floor missing either side :eek:, including on the roof itself. Never been so nervous about any explore ever, especially as I was on my own, but thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. One strange thing about this building is that even though most of it is derelict, a part of it is still in use and fully functional.

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    Thanks for viewing my report, I hoped you liked.

    The Lone Shadow
     
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  2. slayaaaa

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    Re: Overstone Hall/ Northampton/ August 2014

    Nice report and pics! Shame about the fire, after a fire everything seems to just rot away :/.
     
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    Re: Overstone Hall/ Northampton/ August 2014

    I like this LS. Did well to capture it so well, despite its state. Like the before and after, or the after and before ;)
     
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    Re: Overstone Hall/ Northampton/ August 2014

    Might need to pop back here :) much more of it has opened up since my last explore!
     
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    Re: Overstone Hall/ Northampton/ August 2014

    Another top quality report. Brave of you going alone! Especially with those sketchy floorboards!
     
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    Thanks everybody, much appreciated. I don't think theres an awful lot left in this poor girl to be honest.I think it will eventually be a pile of rubble. Shame, cause its a great explore!

    LS
     
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    Re: Overstone Hall/ Northampton/ August 2014

    Nice report, Interesting history, shame the place had a bad turn of fortunes
     
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    Re: Overstone Hall/ Northampton/ August 2014

    September 2014

    December 2014 (almost 4 months later)
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    Spot the difference. :)
     
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    Wow! The place looks so different. Are you sure its the same place? ;)
     
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    I managed to airbrush the clouds away and make everything look a wintry dull colour whilst using just my mobile phone. ;)
     
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    That weed on the left has died....
     
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    Some more from my visit late December. I didn't think they warranted a separate report. :)

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    And finally, festive for the time of year but I wonder how many Christmas's ago this tinsel has been strung up?

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    I hope you liked them. Nothing special, but add a bit more to the story and history of the place. Thanks for looking.
     
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    Sorry about the previous post. Still getting the hang of this. Let's try again. :thumb

    Some more from my visit late December. I didn't think they warranted a separate report. :)

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    And finally, festive for the time of year but I wonder how many Christmas's ago this tinsel has been strung up?

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    I hope you liked them. Nothing special, but add a bit more to the story and history of the place. Thanks for looking.
     
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    Its a very dangerous building. Much worse that I originally thought - Did you venture upstairs? That is where the most dangerous parts lie?
     
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    The place seemed a bit too secure for me sadly. It was well and truly boarded up so all my shots were taken from outside.
     
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