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Report - The Elms, Arbroath July 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by dweeb, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. dweeb

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    Well I think we were about a decade too late for this place...

    Nature has not been kind to the Elms. I was hoping for a bit of a poke round this ornate mansion but upon entering it became clear that the rot had got the better of it and pretty much every floor was through or on it's way to the cellar! Clebby and Cat did not really leave the safety of the first beam but I have a bit of a soft spot for these houses, even in this state, so a little bit of Lennox Castle "Urban Caving" (TM) came into play, and by navigating through the basement and popping up through a few holes I was able to see most of the ground floor at least.

    Carved stone and wood, Minton tiles and a dash of marble, this place must have been pretty lavish in it's day. a reminder of how much money the Jute barons of old must have had! I also find it quite interesting that my own modest terrace house is a similar age and is still habitable (just about) yet this beautiful building which had the best of everything should end up virtually a shell in the same period of time.

    I also approve of foot deep skirting board, I may need to rethink the depth of my own back home!

    Apologies to Cat and Clebby for dragging them to yet another fetid hole

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    The ceiling panelling had on the most part fallen down, however this did give me a closer glimpse of the beautiful hand painted designs which had been hidden for decades under layers of lining paper.

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  2. GRONK

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    Looks good mate, nice work.
     
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    Yeah you were right, it reminds me a lot of Lennox Castle, not until photo 15 though...
     
  4. Shiina Sy;amde

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    Sorry to resurrect an old post.

    I went to check this one out a few hours ago today. I wasn't really able to find a way in besides some unblocked second floor windows. I'm curious if that is how you got in or if you had a different way?

    I hate to think of what the inside is like, given the outside was thick with mould..
     
  5. GRONK

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    This sort of thing is really getting old. :(
     
  6. Shiina Sy;amde

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    Indeed. Which is why I'd like to get a proper look before its too old to do so.
     
  7. dweeb

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    Just walk the perimeter... That is all we did.
     
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    Mmm. Had a poke about. There were windows with no glass and such on the second floor of the garage, and trapdoors in the floor of it. As for the main building, I guess its far too late for it. the basement staircase is completely clogged the the point you can't get in and everything else has be reboarded. Oh well.
     
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