Tales of the Urban Explorer: Rosslyn House

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Does this look like a beautiful rural scene? It is apart from the fact that Rosslyn House nestles in the middle of it all.

Look closer and you can see a smidge of brickwork. I have seen some jungles but never to the extent of this one.

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Should we have visited in winter when all the greenery dies off? We might have been able to see it a little better.

As it stands external images were rather impossible to compose and if I didn't plan well and have the exact coordinates for Rosslyn House then we would have sailed past it.

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The house is in a semi-rural location so I was expecting little resistance when we walked up the old driveway thinking ourselves lucky it existed. Climbing over all that ‘beautiful rural’ shit may have been a step too far.

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The front of Rosslyn House was inaccessible and gave us a larger glimpse of what was to come... if you can call it that.

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Fortune was favouring us as the back yielded some brickwork and hello..., what's that resting against a single-storey building?

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If it only had a few more rungs on it… and would that dodgy roof take my weight?

...“you’re going up there?.., you must be off your fucking rocker”...

@goblinknackers had counted himself out but I was not so easily dissuaded.

Hoping that ladder would not give out I hauled myself up, slid onto roof belly first, and tentatively crawled to the open window thinking myself a master climber.

I was in, out of breath, and sweating like a bastard but was it worth the effort? Getting back down was not going to be fun.

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I looked around to see descending stairs and a very bad-looking landing area.

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Ignoring any scraps of common sense I tiptoed across a dodgy-looking upper floor to peek in the rooms.

Now, is that a corrugated iron floor? I thought they were used for roofing in third-world countries and what the fuck happened to the rest of the floor?

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Stepping on that ‘roof’ to get closer to the hanging fireplace was not going to happen, and is that another fire to the right?

Rosslyn House must have been a cold house, that's all I have to say. Fireplaces are supposed to be on the 'ground floor'.

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The edge of the bathroom was close enough for me. The floor was creaking and I was not going to push my luck.

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The other upper room contained a wardrobe and little else. I noticed the tasteful décor on the doors, but sadly no old clothes hanging around inside.

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Descending I looked up noticing what I had been standing on. It looked like a balsawood floor. Was lady luck with me today?

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What goodies are buried under all that shit? I'm an explorer, not a human digger. It can stay there.

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You do see some strange sights. There’s nothing quite like this.

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On a dresser, I found signs of human habitation. That kid looks like a right Artful Dodger.

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Mrs. Holland used to live here, but how long ago?

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The kitchen was quite bare but contained those heavy industrial kitchen stoves similar to what we spotted in Ousefleet Hall Lodge.

They are both in West Yorkshire so it’s not surprising.

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It must be made of solid Iron, moving these would have caused many hernias.

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The washing machine does look relatively modern.

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Reaching the end of the kitchen I noticed the back door was open. It was so fucking overgrown that we had walked right past it.

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I struggled to get out, navigated through the trees which kept poking me, found the path, and called out to @goblinknackers who had gone for a wander around the external outhouses.

Had he suddenly turned deaf or something? If Rosslyn House was close to other houses I couldn't have done all that yelling without attracting unwanted attention.

It took me a while to find him and he reported there was nothing of interest whatsoever unless one likes spiders, dirt, and grime.

Retreating into the house and very relieved I would no longer need to descend that rung less ladder, we both re-entered Rosslyn House.

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The dark wood effect would have been nice once.

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This magazine article correctly reflected what we could see. Foliage everywhere but sadly there was no date on the page.

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Some booty would have been nice but Rosslyn House was not very giving. Is that an old shaving brush? They are a little before my time.

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The beer can is not an original priceless antique and left by the local dickheads.

Leaving your calling card is a little different, and better than scrawling on the walls or worse spraying them.

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This one initially got my pulse racing as I am generally quite a shit climber. There’s still a little gas left in the tank.

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You were lucky there. Did you ever go through a ceiling in your adventures?
The other question is have you ever been to a place that freaked you out?
This one looked pretty clean with the exception of th eHome Alone Missing Ceiling with the fireplace. Ha.

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Did you ever go through a ceiling in your adventures?

No, and I'm well over 200 explores now. You get a feel of how far you can take it. I know of other explorers who's legs have gone through up to the thigh and suffered injuries.

I get injured all the time during these, but it's always minor. Scrapes here and there, it's worth it.

have you ever been to a place that freaked you out?

I don't get freaked out easily, you build up a resistance to it somehow.. so again no!

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What a tip. Someone stripped it of banisters and some of the floor. Just about everything else seems to have been removed. You need a machete to get through that jungle. I think that counts as gardening rather than vandalism. I was getting stung clearing a garden of nettles and brambles today.

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It would have been nice to see the front. I was physically impossible to get close. Talk about a jungle house!

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Wow, what a insane house! Sad that it had gotten into that state. Awesome post

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Fantastic. Love the fireplaces suspended in space. That kid looks well creepy

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I have seen suspended fireplaces before, but this one takes the biscuit!

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That was quite a daredevilish one. Risking life and limb!

That kid looked like a Satanist

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I try myself quite often. Some of my later ones were worse than this, headfirst in a couple! Its the difference between a tale and a fail!

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Some places look burnt out in the house, but it is strange how the whole house didn't burn. The old shaving brush could be at least 30 years old :)

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Old stone houses don't burn so well. I see it often were parts are burnt and other parts are fine.

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How do you rank Urbex markers? I assume it's something like graffiti < stickers <cards < you never knew I was there.

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I don't like any of them. The code is to leave nothing but footprints and I see all this marking as dumb and stupid.

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Basically like hiking in the woods. Pack it in, pack it out. Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.

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Yes, that's why I do, and my comrade. If there's some unopened correspondence (letters), I do tend to open them at times. They are usually tax demands!

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Urbexing I find is a combination of curiousity and a little horror-movie like, who lived here? Did anyone die here? Any spirits still about.... On a physical level I`m wondering why it got in this state and how it looked when it was lived in. You were quite brave to walk on some of those surfaces but thats half the thrill isnt it..,

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No idea on the history of this one. Residential houses are quite tough to track anything unless there is some evidence left. I have found information at other ones using this methodology.

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starts off so nice with beautiful nature and then quickly turns into a horror story. I would get dizzy by those stairs with no hand rails or banisters!

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LOL, you get used to no bannisters. It's the first thing that disintegrates, or perhaps the locals destroyed them.

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You went for it. Nice!
Cool wall paper and carpet, very matchy.
Watch your step in there, yikes.
That iron stove is pretty cool. That thing would probably heat up the ground floor once it got going. Makes up for the fireplace on the 2nd floor.

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I have been in much sketchier houses re: the flooring. This one will last a few more years before the upper areas are inaccessible.

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Yeah you're probably an expert by now that's for sure 😁

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Haha, there is nothing like decay. In this country, it is probably not possible to pursue contemporary archeology to the same degree. We are obsessed with tidying up and cleaning.

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There's still plenty left but they are all getting sealed.., it's most depressing. @anidiotexplores will generally message me if there is something 'hot' about and we will take off and visit. There's been little lately.

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Suddenly we will all find ourself in a tidy world. No ruins, no litter, no cars, no dogging :)

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It is a pity that such a beautiful house is deteriorating in such a beautiful environment. I see a very comfortable place to live as well as a fully furnished house.
But I feel like everything is too dirty to can't be reused.

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Really, such a mesmerising view. I envy you sir😅.

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Petty to see such a devistation. Cool post, though. I hope you were safe in there.

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Wow, this must have been a great place for living ... once. Today, a real nightmare interior.

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It’s really a beautiful environment, it’s sad to see that the house as deteriorated. Thanks for sharing

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I'm still looking for the brick path! Talk about overgrown! I was surprised @goblinknackers bowed out. He is usually gone before you blink. Crawled across the roof? I am guessing someone did that with the ladder there, but, I have this uneasy feeling about climbing down sometimes. (like in a hayloft, where you have to get your leg down to the rung and your body is still on the hayloft) Yes. Hazardous for my thoughts.

I really like that old industrial-like stove. They just make them like that anymore. Multipurpose has gone out of style.

How lucky were you? When I look at the upside of where you were standing, seriously! You do this for fun, too. :) I am a little jealous and a cool factor involved here, learning about our past from these leftovers is pretty awesome when you think about it. I love it and I appreciate leaving nothing but a footprint on your way out.

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@dswigle ,... I know what you mean about getting down being harder,... it's like you have to approach the drop with your back towards it, ... and your mind is fighting you as you might trip over backward. the easy answer may be to leave a blow-up mattress before going up, .... just jump off the roof and hope for the best, .. ill run it past @slobberchops

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I keep forgetting about the ladders in the car. We could have used them here.

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Haha! Hope for the best.

What if that's not good enough!

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There was another even wonkier roof than this I did last summer. That one was very sketchy.., and we had to backtrack down it. Shame about the inside.. it was a reno :)

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Good and bad, happy to see it renovated, sad you didn't get in before.

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You died a dozen times in parallel universes while exploring this house. The initial climbing and that picture showing the upper floor from below are prof XD

I need to join that urban exploration community you posted the link, hope there is more content there as good as yours.

How do you plan your explorations? Is there a regional list of abandoned buildings or you just mark on Google maps the ones you happen to pass by and explore later?

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I do plan a schedule each time I go out, otherwise you are randomly driving around and wasting a lot of time. Google helps but you need to know about most of them via the community.

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I see, need to find a urbex community here then.

Thanks for replying!

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here are also many empty houses and almost in every corner of the room like the photo you shared, but not in the middle of the forest like rosslyn's house

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i admire your tenacity in using the ladder!

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The longer I have been doing this, the more reckless I have become. Is that normal?

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I think you have hit the nail on the head there!!

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