Tales of the Urban Explorer: The Bungalow
I had no clue what this was, besides it being labelled 'Time Capsule'. @lpff had supplied the location, and I don't think he ever visited.
Having parted in Dewsbury as I think he was getting earache from 'the missus' about desertion, it was a case of three becoming two.
We were now deep in West Yorkshire where they talk funny, and 'boots' are pronounced 'boowets'.
Stick about long enough and the pronunciation contamination seeps into your dialogue. We would need to get in and out quickly or develop serious speech impediments.
It was the top house, but the bottom one looked just as neglected and both deliciously isolated in the middle of nowhere. Unless a bunch of Karen's were camping on the grounds it was looking like a breeze, if only we could get in.
To this date, ‘The Bungalow’ appears to be off the Urbex radar, no squads of goons seem to have invaded the place. Maybe it’s sealed, and sold now? This was some time ago.
After parking up, we vaulted a small wall and approached the property. There was nobody about, just the way we like it.
If it had an identity, then time had faded it out. It was now simply, ‘The Bungalow’.
I much prefer ferns to those nasty stinging nettles that inhabit the UK wilderness like Triffids. You can safely stand and crush these without any repercussions.
'The Bungalow' looked very sealed and what's more the cheap wood seals were new. I saw no 'For Sale' signs anywhere.
What a lovely property, detached, and with plenty of garden area. It is located in Yorkshire, so at least you can get decent fish and chips while devouring it with that fucking awful beverage... ‘Yorkshire Tea’.
I was looking impenetrable until, ah……
I found it first for once and was through the window with an enthusiastic @anidiotexplores quickly following suit.
The first thing I noticed was the 'lad's hangout area'. They must have been young as it was all tins of 'Monster', soft drinks, and a small ball. Did they break in, and did they sleep here?
That day, we were alone in ‘The Bungalow’, always the preferred option.
The contents had been ransacked but there was plenty to look at. Like many others, the previous owners had simply taken off and left all their stuff behind.
Lots of those Halford's car manuals along with car magazines. It doesn't take much to build up a picture of the type of person who lived here.
I found some bills and correspondence next which identified the owners' name but were much older than expected.
2004, that’s almost 20 years ago? Leaving a house empty for that length of time would ensure a lot more damage than what I was seeing.
I had to blur the addresses on these for privacy's sake, but there were two postcodes, neither of which linked to the one we were visiting.
Mr. John E. Cleland, obviously did live here and more recently than those old bills state. Even in those days, he was struggling to pay bills and had British Gas chasing his arse.
In 2005 he sold this property, possibly to move into ‘The Bungalow’. Some more digging for papers could have revealed more but I was looking for a few choice shots.
A very saveable dresser, possibly from the ‘MFI Prestige’ range, before they went bankrupt.
I have no doubts that it worked, and that Mr. Cleland was one of those 'car freaks'.
The kids had made a mess and probably stole a bunch of items while at it.
Do people really stack up all their belongings like this before eloping to escape the authorities?
I hoped he was not a ‘Magic the Gathering’ player. My ethics and morals would be severely tested if I came across a folder full of Beta ‘Black Lotus’ cards, in mint condition.
Cornish Humbugs I can deal with, even if they are made with 'real butter'.
What was I saying about 'Yorkshire Tea'?... Urghh.., give me PG Tips anytime.
Plenty of glasses those lads could use for their pop instead of drinking out of the can. You may as well make use of the local amenities if possible.
Why not dip a decaying rancid chocolate biscuit into your beverage while at it?
I have to assume Mr. Cleland is an old dude. I'm old but not into this kind of dinosaur material that would be more suited to my father.
Now those are classic and in good condition. I mean the Beatles CD's, not the antique Kodak camera sitting above them.
A picture was forming of the previous owner, the pieces fitting together. I can't criticise him for enjoying a little titty.
An old cooker, along with a whole host of other junk. That must be @anidiotexplores in the far room, though it little resembles him.
Is it Mr. Cleland decades ago? The photograph was creased and worn.
We left, closing the window with best endeavours. From the roadside, it was not visible.
'The Bungalow' is in great condition and badly needs to be saved before the idiots find it. No graffiti, little vandalism, and currently a hideout for a bunch of 10-year-olds.
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Cor blimey., this place really is a time capsule. So preserved, I mean its not burnt and no one has smashed the glasses and cups!
And if the photo is of Mr Cleland then you can see why he kept it, the dapper bastidge :OD
Yeah, if those nippers were a few years older it would be trashed. That mentality comes in as the teenage years approach. I should have taken a few more here, but the schedule was relentless.
We broke a record that day of 10 successes.., it's one for the memories.
10 in a day, thats wild. You must have been knackered!
Yeah, as it was a good 60-70 miles away.., I tend to drift off a little at the wheel on the way back, and then getting out of the car.., talk about aching bones and muscles. They were great times though, and will start again soon.
Getting older sucks ass. I tell you, the aches and pains when you haven't been moving then get up or something is just ridiculous!
What a beautiful garden and the hydrangeas are beautiful, I am surprised how nature is so wise keeping everything so green and careful.
When I saw "The Bungalow" in the cover image, I thought of the Bahamas. They must have had a very happy life the family that lived in that place, listening to good Beatles music, the cups to drink tea, chocolate, and coffee are beautiful they seem hand painted...they have the external garden embodied inside the house... How beautiful 🌺. Thank you, @slobberchops
They are looking good, one right next to the window. Were were more interested at what was inside!
Without a doubt, inside it must be a chest of great treasures that tell stories of those who lived, at least one electrician lived at that time because of the analog voltmeter that is still in its case
I approve of Miss July there, but not the "Super Bubble Pop" CD.
LOL, I should have checked the other months on that year-less calendar. No MTG cards, it was a blessing. I saw some once.., all gunky and damaged in another property, they were from Exodus. I don't want the temptation.
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Nat Cole music a wee bit early, Beatles spot on though. Furniture mixed old with newer bits in reasonably good condition. Homestead still in good condition perhaps someone will buy and enjoy awesome outdoors.
Always left wondering why people up and off like this?
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That.., we will never know, and in this case.., when did it happen?
2008 financial crises, perhaps battling 2004 to pay the bills led to disappearing oneself !LOLZ
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I was wondering why they “abandoned ship” too. A fascinating mystery!
Perhaps they move onto pastures green leave behind the life they had in a hurry.
The Greenery around that house looks like the pleasant soul of a Saint.
I love this type of post!
I like to see discovered places that have stories to tell; it's absurd how many things you can discover about a person simply by seeing the objects that are in his house.
Really great post, can't wait to read more like it!
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surrounded by nature at its best
Wow, talk about a goldmine. This one is about the closest to an American style house that I think I have seen you go through so far. What a great collection of artifacts! That analog multi-meter is pretty sweet!
It was very small, but detached with a decent plot of land around it. The multi-meter looked barely used.
Would not love that my next vacation bungalow would be in this condition😳
someone really needs to buy this. its perfect and the scenery looks awesome
Yeah, it was small but would suit an elderly couple in retirement. No steps have made Bungalows very desirable here, as we have an ageing population and they don't build them anymore.
Oh my gosh!!!!... Beautiful old multimeter and old Kodak!!!!... (I used to love keeping lots of old stuff, but my wife tends to get rid of it behind my back, especially since a huge box of soda cans and bottles fell on her from the top of a closet)...
Thse are classic CD's man!.... 😂😂😂
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I wish I could get rid of my wife's crap 'behind her back'. The house would be a lot tidier!
Hope you had a good bath after that visit 🙃🙃
It was on to the next one after this
What a find… and hardly touched. Well preserved.
It would make a great little house for someone after some TLC.
Thanks for sharing @slobberchops great captures.
Happy weekend 😊👋🏻
Would like to live there myself, loads of land around it.
Even better loads of land. I can imagine…
Have a great weekend further!
This tiny bungalow is old simply like it takes me to that period when Mr. Cleland live. I feel strange how 2004 was 20 years ago. Time flies so fast.
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nice abandoned little house, is it for sale? or nobody own it now?
need more story what happened with owners who loved titties.
It's hard to get stories about personal houses. I try from the correspondence.
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I wish I could do this in Tokyo but I’m pretty sure the chances of getting deported are pretty high if caught and I don’t want to deal with that. There’s two houses down the street on a tiny pedestrian path that are surrounded by thick bamboo unlike everything else in the area. I’d love to peek inside but idun even know how to figure out if someone still lives there. 2 other run down houses that I suspect are abandoned but have seen people outside of (look like relatives of someone who used to live there)
Don't do it, if it's a criminal act. We can get away with a lot here, due to the lack trespass laws. It might not always be like this.
damn good condition for a time capsule, some lovely treasure in there.
I should have poked more, story of my life!
lol, you were working in the wrong KS
It might not be mr clelend but probably someone he hates...... Maybe loan never returned? He caused a loss of money? Anything it could be... The way picture is kept shows someone was angry seeing that pic..... Maybe the cops who came after to catch him...
Who knows, they usually can't afford the rent or mortgage.. and abandon them.
so you mean laseecash didn't supported them???
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very interesting contribution
Nice explore - great to see the insides in a decent state for a change !