Tales of the Urban Explorer: The Burnt Time Capsule

Exploring yields a lot of disappointments. Before entering anywhere I get that feeling of tense apprehension, some places more than others.

I recall in 2020 when visiting Mossley Manor in Liverpool I was literally shaking at the front gate.

Perhaps it was the possibility of dogshit getting on my shoes that made it this way?

Since my visit, there have been other reports of the famous dogshit attacking explorers. Some property owners have a sick sense of humour.

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I had no idea what this Time Capsule was to be named. As far as I was aware it was nameless and quite off the radar.

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The front gate looked challenging. Even with gloves that barbed wire would sink into my flesh leaving fingers dripping with blood.

Grabbing the tree weed hovering about the fence and acrobatically flinging my body over was being considered.

We decided both options were folly and found a better way around the side which involved a little scraping of the limbs to get past the bushes that were reluctant to let us pass.

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This house was suitably far away enough from ‘next door’ for us to be comfortable. I noticed the inscription on the wall, built-in 1812. Not so new then.

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Then it all started to go to shit…

"Some mother-fucker has burnt it down and all its contents"

Well, this was a first. Time Capsules are just that, sacred gems of places left intact (besides the rummaging about of hundreds of other explorers).

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Nobody burns down a Time Capsule; that is sacrilege. Yet some little prick had done it here, and not too recently.

With a sigh of great discontent, I entered the now shell-like building that used to contain grandma's old knickers, a sizable stack of '70s porn magazines, and a few worn-out dildos.

…’very recently I spotted a dildo in another Time Capsule, it does happen and what's more, the deceased ex-inhabitant was male’…

These old ovens are made out of tungsten or something. Even the raging inferno that had been witnessed at "The Burnt Time Capsule" could not destroy it.

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It was becoming apparent that little had survived the blaze. The fireplace had a unique look but was blackened like everything else.

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Charred wood doors if they existed at all were stuck in open positions and disintegrated at a touch.

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I don’t know what it was like before, but this sickens me. The UK does have a serious arson problem.

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This is what is left of the stairs. The ceiling appeared undamaged but how to get up? I have been known to walk up burnt stairs but this is a little more testing.

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Could it be this corner escaped the blaze?

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As I noted earlier, the cobwebs told me this was not a recent event.

Disappointed we left the house and cast our eyes over the grounds which appeared to be teeming with junk.

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A car could once be driven into this jungle? It’s a sight I see often and wonder often how they got here.

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The car appeared to be guarding the rest of the mess. We had to climb over the front to gain access.

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The previous owners had a least one kid.

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The large shed was quite secure. We did try a few tricks to get inside, but short of breaking in it wasn’t going to happen.

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Did they have a boy?

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Plenty of old bicycles; maybe the whole family liked cycling.

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The brand intrigued me. I have never heard of 'Petworth' as crafters of fine bikes. Neither has the internet.

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The kids had a lot of outdoor toys, more than I ever had.

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A few large and white goods were starting to appear. Had the ex-tenants been kicked out?

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This shed was on the edge of a cliff. I thought coastal erosion only happened next to crashing waves. A big push would have sent it careering down a sizable hill.

We thought of getting inside but this meant dealing with a 50-foot drop on the far side. It was hardly a bright idea.

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Rest in Peace Mr. Daniels. I loved the fact this magician owned an Atari 800 in 1985 just like me.

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One of the last generation expensive Sony TVs; in ten years from now, I am going to see 40' Plasma's scattered everywhere.

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They even threw their cutlery outside, along with a mish-mash of other crap.

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How many bikes do you need? The house was small so they couldn’t have had six kids.

That's another Time Capsule that will never be seen in its glory. I hope I never come across this fateful scene again.

You don't burn down Time Capsules.. EVER!

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Bloody fire starters, they are a problem.

Paul Daniels, the memories!!

Big tellies, such a solid, tonne weight nightmare!!

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Bloody fire starters, they are a problem.

I often visit places that I know have been fire-bombed but this was the anti of it. I think @grindle might have posted this when it was intact, but he labels everything as 'In Trees' so I can't bloody find his stuff! Would be good to see what I missed.

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In trees. Lol, that mafe me laugh. Not ideal for finding!

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Nearly all of them are 'In Trees' hehe.., great for camo, bad for brambles.. the fuckers.

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Brambles have started their mad spring growing spurts. Pisses me off trying to keep on top of em!

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a jewel in your collection, was pretty wild browsing through the photos, I imagine the smells were decent too? A positive thing is that if you need bicycle parts you know where to go.

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The house had the usual 'essence of char'.. ahhhh... beautiful to the nostrils.

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I thought you were going to say that you stacked those two bar stools to climb upstairs 😂. That would have been more than a little precarious though.

Too bad it was all burnt inside. That's a shame.

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If I could have found 2 stools that were not burnt to cinders, I would have considered it!

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Haha yeah I guess you are used to climbing precarious obstacles - fences and walls and windows and all that

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I look at it this way. I rarely return to a derp, so I have one chance to get all I need from it in terms of images. That's the reason.

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Everything is here, cars and bicycle parts, I only need a GPS to get to this place because I will get lost in the middle of these thick forests and twigs.
The secluded places in forests are better than the abandoned houses in cities, they can be explored comfortably. yes?

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Sad to see it burnt out, but fire bugs will have their fun. I assume the structure of the house could still be sound, so maybe it could be done up. Our place had lots of sheds full of junk. Most of it got chucked, but some still lingers in the remaining shed.

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I assume the structure of the house could still be sound, so maybe it could be done up.

As I recall it wasn't so bad and could be salvaged. Sometimes the sheds are better than the houses, the things I find in them!

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What a shame, why do some people think it's fun to destroy such places 😢And that one was a very old house, definitely worthy of much better.

I think the bikes might be there because one would break, so they'd just go get a new one? It looks like they had at least one boy and one girl (one of those bikes had a lot of pink in it).

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It looks like they had at least one boy and one girl (one of those bikes had a lot of pink in it).

I don't know where all these kids lived, the house was tiny and only contained 2 rooms as I recall.

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Maybe they had bunk beds 😂

!PIZZA !ALIVE !LOL

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Ah Paul Daniels...

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I never took any interest in him until I found out he was an Atari freak and was hosted in Antic magazine (an Atari specialised mag from the USA).

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Some cool images of this poor old rundown building what a shame and that Paul Daniel’s magic set 😂 not seen much magic in some time 🪄. Some great hard work keep it up ……..

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It's crazy to see this kind of photos. Here in Latin America are people that see this kinds of places and they take it to leave I mean the homeless people.

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Amazing place...are you using any type of filter to get these vivid colors on the pictures? looks like an abandoned wonderland 😂

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I do add a filter using Aurora HDR. I find some of the green grass is over-garish as it's an urban filter.

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Built in 1812 and some nit set fire to it, that is terrible.

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Another creepy place! Lol, you are so brave for visiting that kind of abandoned and old houses, hehe. You should make a scary movie my friend!

Anyway, as usual, perfect quality and shots in your pictures!

Have a great day!

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I don't go alone.., the bravity meter raises substantially..

Anyway, as usual, perfect quality and shots in your pictures!

Thanks.

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Burnt down time capsule not surprising with coal/wood burners within, vagrants in younger generation know not to light fire within hob without everything bursting into flames.

Burnt photography captured brings to life the ordeal the little old cottage went through, so many bikes.... no clue! Not a quick escape 😄

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It's an exactly in an Urban area so I was surprised the burning has happened. There's also a large detached and very lived in property next door.

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Perhaps well lived in property did not enjoy idea of vagrants.

First go to here where fire is involved, did the owners do it...., trying for insurance!

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Sad to see it like this,

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Did you post this one on HIVE? I would like to see what it did look like.

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In the days before I invested in a decent camera!
https://peakd.com/hive-104387/@grindle/residential-urbex-cottage-in-the-moss

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Nice one thanks! It seemed they laced the gate with barbed wire since you visited and it looks a lot less overgrown. Could be a summer thing. Make me sick what happened to it... fucking awful.

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yes , have never seen it posted anywhere, kept it secret, must be the local scrotes

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Oh my god, what adventures you have @slobberchops, not only into old houses and buildings but boy oh boy what a state they are in. Do you have disinfectant baths once you get home again? My little house in Brisbane explore pales into insignificance compare to yours.
I am thinking that mindless flea brains must set fire to Time Capsules!

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Do you have disinfectant baths once you get home again?

LOL no, they are not as bad as they appear to be. The smell is something you get accustomed too, and cleaning your shoes is another one. The crap you walk in can be grotty.

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This place is in such a mess. You're brave to enter inside to take all these pictures😲😲

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Well the shoes in the corner were in perfect condition, lol. Too many bikes maybe they had three children, two girls and one boy, the other bikes look like for adult

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How sad! The only acceptable fire starter is in that Stephen King book - not actual ones that cause such destruction...So sorry you had to see it like this, @slobberchops

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I had a bit of a thing for Firestarter (The King book) once. Watched the film after and wondered why they changed so many things.

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It's so annoying, isn't it, @slobberchops! I think the only film that is close to one of King's books is The Shawshank Redemption. Do you like any of his other books? The first one I read what Christine - quite apt considering what I do for a living, lol! 🤣

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