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Report - Ilam house Oxfordshire. July 2018



mattyjcooper

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#1
Hi guys my first report, apologies if it's been done but couldnt find another.
Only a basic report as it's a basic shell of a mansion as it was last used for offices.

It was originally built as a residential mansion in the 18th century. One websites says around 1720 but then was converted into offices after it was sold in 1953.
Built by Viscount Fane of Basildon Park for his wife, Mary, A maid of honour to Queen Anne.

If you don't like heights or can't climb very well then I don't think you have a chance of getting in. The only access is a 3rd floor window or rooftop window. So if your like me and you enjoy a climb or rooftop escape then this ones for you!

But what an impressive site! I can only describe it as a dream home. Sat on the river bank with a lovely view!

Got another 2 unreported locations in Oxfordshire. Will try upload them soon.

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mookster

grumpy sod
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#2
Good to see inside. You're right about the only access being a 3rd floor window, although I wish I'd tried a bit harder to get in before the steel sheeting went up a couple of years back.
 

mattyjcooper

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#3
So have you climbed inside aswell? Can't quite work out if you have been in or not by your comment lol

If not the roof is slightly easier access but obviously i didnt realise untill i was in. I've always wanted to do a robbers drain pipe climb anyway haha
 

mookster

grumpy sod
Regular User
#4
So have you climbed inside aswell? Can't quite work out if you have been in or not by your comment lol

If not the roof is slightly easier access but obviously i didnt realise untill i was in. I've always wanted to do a robbers drain pipe climb anyway haha
Sadly not, I'm not really built for athletic climbing! May give it another look soon though as will be down that way again.
 

mattyjcooper

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#5
Sadly not, I'm not really built for athletic climbing! May give it another look soon though as will be down that way again.
Ah fair enough, well it's an empty shell so your not missing out on much tbh. The roof may be your best bet but it still involves a small climb.
I do have more pictures from inside but they're still on my camera
 
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mookster

grumpy sod
Regular User
#7
It's original name was Basildon Grotto, it was renamed Ilam House and was the headquarters of a leisure company who used it as their offices.
 

mattyjcooper

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#11
Is it possible to access it using that staircase in pic 3?
No, need to get up on the top roof. Either the drain pipes in pic 2 or there's a drain pipe at the top of the spiral staircase and walk to the other end of the roof. All pipes are cast iron and still very secured to the building.
 

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