Tales of the Urban Explorer: Katherine Lowe House

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It had been a particularly crap day. A suicide house that was being renovated, a pub used for a 'grow' that was sealed, a wonderful gothic-looking church zipped up tight, an ex-ford dealership now flattened.., I could go on. It had been one of those days.

This is the life of the present-day explorer; expect disappointment and lots of it.

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It was now 2.30 pm on a Saturday, the busiest shopping day of the week, peak time and I was expecting a relaxing romp through a forest to find an abandoned care home.

Google Maps had shown it to be… so it must be true. All I could see were trees and dense undergrowth using the overhead view, with little sign of the building.

"Oh no... what the fuck has happened here?"

There was to be no forest stroll, no little red riding hood, or grandma's cottage complete with the big bad wolf in bed with glasses.

I was already frustrated with the single success we had attained that day and we now faced a lone house, behind anti-climbing fencing surrounded by fucking cars and I mean lots of them.

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…'google maps has now been updated to show a building site where it had once been a forest. thanks you arseholes'…

In short, the ex-Katherine Lowe Home was about to be demolished, the trees were gone and so was our cover.

The information I could gather was that the Katherine Lowe House was a 45 bedded care home. 45 bedrooms my arse! Could it be that the local authorities closed it due to mass overcrowding?

It’s the size of a regular detached property?

@anidiotexplores intelligence network had uncovered some additional non-welcome material just to line our expectations with a further layer of shit.

The nearby Manchester Motorcycle Exchange have a habit of accosting explorers and calling the police

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Well isn't that just great? You can see where the local Karen's hang out in this snap and it's close by.

I normally take my outside shots after explores but as we were on the wrong side of this road that was impossible to cross due to never-ending traffic I did it in reverse.

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Having just a little car on this snap was some feat and involved much patience.

After crossing which entailed holding up our hands in defiance to stop ourselves from being flattened by motorists were eventually got to the correct side of the road and made for the corner fencing.

Even so, it was a pain in the arse getting over it all, this was new stuff and the trees and foliage were not long gone.

With many bored stationary motorists watching, we managed to get inside the grounds.

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…’at least access would be easy, or would it?’…

Trying to position the house between us and the Karen’s we made for the open door.

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I was thinking this was the entrance to the main house but was sorely mistaken. One lousy room and that was it!

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Another open door led to what was a small basement with a set of drawers and...

Are those motorcycle wheels?

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I was wondering at this point if the previous owner had some kind of connection with the ‘Manchester Motorcycle Exchange’ that was virtually next door.

We had sadly arrived far too late and if there were other buildings they were gone, besides what looked like an old garage with a connecting room.

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I monetarily perked up when noticing yet another decrepit house behind, but a van was parked up and a couple of people were milling about.

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Large gas cylinders; I seem to be coming across these frequently.

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There was little inside besides pushbike wheels. I feel whoever lived at the Katherine Lowe Home had a preference for two-wheeled transport.

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It looks very military-based and something you would see in the Army?

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The drill has seen better days and is doomed to rust further.

The main section of the house was sealed and going close to it could have brought the Karens out of that bloody bike shop.

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What a downer and what a crappy exploration. The day was not going to improve and we had to settle for a single ruined derpy ex-lunatic asylum before calling it.

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All those hidden bedrooms. Multitudes of them, somehow squeezed into that little space. They are totally at it saying there were that many.

You world expect a motorbike club to be so Karen'y?

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The claim on the internet is 45 bedrooms. Were there more buildings? We came 6 months too late, I hate demo's. You can't even come back another time to try again.

We didn't hear a peep from the motorcycle guys, they must have been occupied by the masses of customers.

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When I saw the first pic I thought that the place was small. When you said the number of bedrooms I was like, what!?

Maybe they had a huge underground network accessible only by motorbike 😃

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Maybe they had a huge underground network accessible only by motorbike

There's some hidden connection to that bike shop, I am sure of it!

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Like a slimy worms tunnel they will slither back and forth!

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Yeah it will be a different one. You can tell the real world-travel-pro, the stink of desperation is palpable

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Why not settle into Blurt if it's so good. Why do you need to come here and put this junk on my posts?

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hahahahah ow chops, you can't win em all can you finding the gems :)

Honestly, you have been exploring so many already that this one was a disappointed, but if I would start with this one, I would already be happy with the find. With the tires and so, there are so many stories to think of already.

regards, your house-Karen ;)

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but if I would start with this one, I would already be happy with the find.

My first UK one was a Time Capsule. It's all downhill from there!

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That fourth photo of that old, decrepit haunted house is pretty cool. A shame the fence is there to pollute it.

Do you ever worry that you'll run out of places to explore?

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Do you ever worry that you'll run out of places to explore?

It is a slowly dying hobby, but will never entirely go away. There are less to visit than 2 years ago, and I have to travel further.

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This place might have been used to repair something like bicyles. Also, I think that those gas cylinders are used in industrial workplaces.

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A care home that fixed bicycles? Its get more strange the more you think about it.

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Oh wow, that sucks. I am sorry that this day didn't turn out for you as well as you had hoped. Pretty sad that people have to be so nosy. You are still pretty lucky that you get to do that sort of thing. Over here it would never fly. The Bikers would more likely beat the tar out of you versus calling the cops!

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Bad days are becoming more normal. In 2020 the expectation for a full day was around 5 and sometimes up to 7, now it's 3 or 4. We have to get used to it.

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Sorry to hear that. That sucks.

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I normally take my outside shots after explores but as we were on the wrong side of this road that was impossible to cross due to never-ending traffic I did it in reverse.

wow this is wonderful. That is one thing with urban areas

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The information I could gather was that the Katherine Lowe House was a 45 bedded care home. 45 bedrooms my arse! Could it be that the local authorities closed it due to mass overcrowding?

I can imagine multiple people sleeping in those bedrooms, even on the same bed. And probably this was/is not the only place with this problem.

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There may have been more buildings before the demolition team arrived. There is no way of knowing.

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45 bedrooms? thinking OAP clusterfuck more like

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It may still be there, if you want a double check? 😀

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A suicide house you say 🤔 hmm that sounds interesting. Too bad that one was a no go.

I picture you trying to cross the busy street much like the game Frogger from back in the day. 🐸

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The suicide house I got from the online newspapers. Its another source of information. Some woman entered a derelict building and killed herself. I was more interested about the derelict part than what happened. Its renovated now.

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I was more interested about the derelict part than what happened.

Yeah for sure. To be honest I don't really know what I was going for with that comment. 😕

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So much urban decay. When you run out of these buildings (which is nearly impossible), you can simply change towns.. then countries..

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I am having to change counties, not towns. Derbyshire needs a visit, it's hardy close by.

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There are many bicycle tires, perhaps the owner of this abandoned house is working on repairing them at night, as I have seen many gas cylinders

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You should see some of the properties I have been looking at on rightmove, they are shocking inside! One still had a grand piano and a snooker table, but the ceilings had completely collapsed in on the house! Haha madness! I bet there would have been some interesting things in there!

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You are giving me ideas now, why not go visit one?

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Perhaps there was a hidden elevator that would have taken you to the remaining bedroom? Maybe a BatCave. Maybe a door to a hidden dimension.

I guess they can't all be glorious explorations!!!

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There are few as bad as this one, it was one shitty day.

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Ah well, swings and roundabouts. The Unit thing looks like the top cover of the drill. I just about remember using drills like that at school and sometimes you had to move a belt up top to change the speed.

Don't get run over. It's not worth the risk.

I do feel for anyone actually called Karen. I don't tend to use that term.

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I do feel for anyone actually called Karen.

When I was at school, it seemed like 50% of the girls were named so. Unfortunate for them now.

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Some names don't date well. I know schools see waves of whatever names are in fashion. Old ones do come back though.

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Oh, I loved that you used Google Earth!! :D And... what an exploration my friend! Amazing post, and as usual, great quality of the pictures!

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I used to use Earth, but it's so slow rotating now that I have abandoned it. Maps with the overheard view works for most things.

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Even though everything is old, the red curtains still look very new, it's very surprising

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Firstly there is the general sadness of the world that brought about so many wonderful 'explorations' to happen, but in their abandonment there seemed a grain of hope somehow. That the remnants of someone's past, tho cluttered and worn, meant 'people were here, they once loved and lived'. Now, as you say, with the wiping out of so many of these places...it's just sad.

I'm afraid, as we glide ever closer to the '30's we're going to see a lot more of that. Sections of homes/land being bought up 'mysteriously' and 'new' kinds of city and town emerging. It's odd to be living in a page of a future history book.

The drill press on it's side made me smile as our own house (which has been in the family for some time) was previously the domain of our 'evil grandfather' (haha just the family term for him) and he was a bit of a hoarder...the amount of rusted 1950's heavy woodworking equipment we had to get rid of was not unlike some of these 'explorations'.

Thanks for another explore and good luck I hope you can find more places with less restrictions and less immanent removal.

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I have a few better ones coming up, this one was more about the story than the photography. I can get something from all of them.

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45 bedrooms. Clearly, some have slipped into a pinpoint singularity that somehow escaped your keen powers of observation. These explorations aren't for the faint of heart!

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These explorations aren't for the faint of heart!

I feel like a criminal and have to constantly remind myself that all this is legal. To date, no encounters with the police.., but I am sure it will happen at some point.

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