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Report - Narrowdale Farm, Alstonefield, Staffordshire - June 2019


MotionlessMike

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The two huge farmhouses at the side of Narrowdale Hill in the picturesque Staffordshire Moorlands have apparently been empty for nearly 50 years after a 'family fallout' in the 1970's.
According to the Stoke Sentinel, the estate of William Bold (who died in 2016) hope to reinstate the grade II listed houses as homes, after Mr Bold purchased the property in 1970.

Due to the size of the houses and story surrounding the abandonment I had it in my head that they would be packed with stuff and be immaculate time capsules, which didn't turn out to be the case. But you win some, you lose some.

The pictures were taken during a couple of visits, one of which found the houses sealed and the second of which found much of the machinery gone from the farm squares - possibly cleared for forthcoming renovation of the properties?

The first thing that greets you is a series 3 (I think) Land Rover.

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And the first large 'double' farmhouse

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Finding an open access point I was in

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The TV was bloody massive, must've cost a fortune in the 70's

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What appeared to be another sitting room

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And upstairs, which was disappointingly even more sparce, but with nice natural 50 year rot

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The attic floor has collapsed into an upstairs room

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Back outside now and a quick look at the second house. I saw a potential access point, but it was smashing it down and I didn't fancy a climb ;)

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The second house also had its own Land Rover

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And a few bits from the outbuildings to finish

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These records were outside getting rained on so I kindly moved them into a barn for safekeeping

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Nice way to kill an hour :thumb

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Simon.vlog

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Went here yesterday, was greeted by a blue pickup truck at the gate and a man giving me the evil eye... i asked him if it was a through road to which he replied no... i then asked if anyone owned the property and he said, yea, we do...

he didnt want me around...

there was two more blokes just near the landy, one sat on a quad bike.
Either its local farmers, something dodgey goin on or they do in fact own it...

I was quite gutted i couldn’t get a couple of photos though
 

MotionlessMike

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Went here yesterday, was greeted by a blue pickup truck at the gate and a man giving me the evil eye... i asked him if it was a through road to which he replied no... i then asked if anyone owned the property and he said, yea, we do...

he didnt want me around...

there was two more blokes just near the landy, one sat on a quad bike.
Either its local farmers, something dodgey goin on or they do in fact own it...

I was quite gutted i couldn’t get a couple of photos though
I've heard the local farmers do guard the place and any entry points are fairly swiftly patched up.

That being said, @oldboots spotted a way into the neighbouring Priory Farm not so long back and took me for a look. Pretty empty and in a lot worse condition than Narrowdale but a bit more photogenic. Not worth a thread of it's own but here's a few shots.

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Simon.vlog

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I've heard the local farmers do guard the place and any entry points are fairly swiftly patched up.

That being said, @oldboots spotted a way into the neighbouring Priory Farm not so long back and took me for a look. Pretty empty and in a lot worse condition than Narrowdale but a bit more photogenic. Not worth a thread of it's own but here's a few shots.

Awesome mate, nonetheless.. to be honest I think most locations are worth a thread.. this looks in pretty good shape.. for abandoned i mean :)

I did have a feeling that it would be the case, I’m wondering if it’s worth going to have a look at nighttime.. parking not near the farm and just walking down.. goes back to that same old thing folks like us just wanna take some photos.. whereas they are going to be wary because of people coming to destroy or steal.

i wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience there.
 

MotionlessMike

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Awesome mate, nonetheless.. to be honest I think most locations are worth a thread.. this looks in pretty good shape.. for abandoned i mean :)

I did have a feeling that it would be the case, I’m wondering if it’s worth going to have a look at nighttime.. parking not near the farm and just walking down.. goes back to that same old thing folks like us just wanna take some photos.. whereas they are going to be wary because of people coming to destroy or steal.

i wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience there.
I'd recommend parking up at the cross roads anyway, you'd look dodgy as fook driving down that track
 

Giymo85

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Awesome mate, nonetheless.. to be honest I think most locations are worth a thread.. this looks in pretty good shape.. for abandoned i mean :)

I did have a feeling that it would be the case, I’m wondering if it’s worth going to have a look at nighttime.. parking not near the farm and just walking down.. goes back to that same old thing folks like us just wanna take some photos.. whereas they are going to be wary because of people coming to destroy or steal.

i wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience there.

I never think going at night is the answer, personally. Early morning has always worked best for me. Get in before first light and get out before most folk are even awake. Usually means some interesting light too.
 

Simon.vlog

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I never think going at night is the answer, personally. Early morning has always worked best for me. Get in before first light and get out before most folk are even awake. Usually means some interesting light too.
Either way tbh.. i dont mind getting up at the crack of dawn on a weekend.
Just don’t want to intrude if in fact they are family or something and they do own it..
 

Simon.vlog

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Tell ya one thing though... the defender that was sat near the gate has been moved up the path between houses..
 

Nismo

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Good Report
GTF 795N The MOT expired in 1976 ?
if that's correct it may have been parked up when it was one year old
 

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