It’s the house that time forgot.
Amid the crumbling property, slowly being taken over by the creeping tendrils of nature, lie clues to previous lives that once brought sound, colour and movement.
During lockdown it’s been entirely left untouched but before the restrictions hit, Coronation Street actor Jake Parr went for a visit and documented what he found as he explored the property.
Jake – who has been in TV shows including Coronation Street and Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories and has a role in upcoming movie Fast and Furious 9 – says he stumbled across the house hidden by trees and was amazed at what he found.
The 32-year-old, from Manchester, told our sister title StokeonTrentLive he has travelled the length and breadth of the country in search of unusual buildings for photography project Abandoned.
He said: “I never reveal the exact location of the places I find but this one was near Crewe. The sort of places I find are all old and abandoned so I never know what I am going to find.
“This house was as though someone just left and never came back. There was a pair of shoes and a sewing machine, and beds still in the house – plus an enormous Quality Street tin which was much bigger than the ones we get now!”
The house has a portico over what must have once been the front door, another clue it was probably quite a grand property in its heyday.
An old mattress slung on the ground right in front of this pillared entrance is a glaring sign of the decaying splendour.
Other images show peeling wallpaper and curtains still hanging at the broken windows, as well as books and magazines lying around – including a page from the Daily Star dated August 18 2000 that displays the TV schedule for that day.
We can see one bedroom with bushes growing through the window, while another picture shows what may once have been the lounge with a sofa and carpets.
There are also odd shoes, chests of drawers hanging open, a bath with mirrored tiles behind. And a disused caravan outside amid the green foliage.
“This is a hobby for me,” says Jake. “It’s an adrenaline rush and makes me happy.
“Whereas some people like to go walking or do extreme sports, this is what I like to do – how I get my excitement.”
And he has further plans once all the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
“As well as visiting many places in the UK, I’ve also been over the Lanzarote and Menorca and hopefully next year I will be travelling over to Chernobyl to explore”, he said.