Inside a home left to rot
27th May 2021

Inside a home left to rot: Creepy Grade II listed country house abandoned 15 years ago is found with ‘Satan was Here’ plastered over its walls in red paint and old newspapers lying among junk

  • Adam Corkill, 38, stumbled across the chilling derelict Grade-II listed country house in Taunton, Somerset
  • House was abandoned in 2006 and was found with red paint graffiti reading ‘Satan was Here’ in the hallway  
  • Mr Corkill said entering house felt like ‘delving into someone’s memories’ with left newspapers and diaries 

A Grade-II listed country house left abandoned 15 years ago was found with ‘Satan was Here’ plastered all over its walls in red paint by an urban explorer who stumbled across the derelict building.

Adam Corkill, 38, from Paignton, Devon, captured a series of chilling images after visiting the house in Taunton, Somerset – which he later found out was left to rot in 2006 when its former owner died.

He said that, despite the home having been abandoned for 15 years, it felt like it could ‘look as it did when the last occupants were living there’ with ‘half an hour’s attention’.

One photograph captures the property’s dilapidated kitchen, complete with 1970s multicoloured floor tiles, a rusted agar, and damp seeping down the walls.

A second image, taken from a hallway, shows a wall covered in graffiti with the word ‘Satan’ painted on the wall.

Adam Corkill, 38, from Paignton, Devon, captured a series of chilling images after visiting an abandoned house in Taunton, Somerset – which he later found out was left to rot in 2006 when its former owner died

He said that, despite the home having been abandoned for 15 years, it felt like it could ‘look as it did when the last occupants were living there’ with ‘half an hour’s attention’

One photograph captures the property’s dilapidated kitchen, complete with 1970s multicoloured floor tiles, a rusted agar, and damp seeping down the walls

The urban explorer decided to enter the three-bedroom property after discovering the ‘whole rear wall of the house had fallen down.’ Pictured: The exterior

Mr Corkill also found an antique typewriter and a copy of the Financial Times dating back to 1956. 

The urban explorer decided to enter the three-bedroom property after discovering the ‘whole rear wall of the house had fallen down.’  

‘It’s not a pleasant feeling when you see people’s memories scattered all over over the floor, but there’s alway intrigue as to what you’re going to find and hints about who lived there in the past,’ he said.

‘There was a really old looking TV and a sofa flipped into its side, but a lot of the furniture and personal items remained.

‘It felt like if you just gave it half an hour’s attention, you could set the room to look as it did when the last occupants were living there.

‘The floor was littered with newspaper cuttings dating back to the 1950s and 1960s, sewing machines and typewriters.

Inside the derelict house, Mr Corkill found several copies of the Financial Times dating back as far as the 1950s

The urban explorer said that entering the house felt like ‘delving into someone’s memories.’ Pictured: An antique till 

After sharing images of the house online, Mr Corkill was contacted by a previous owner’s great granddaughter

Among the objects found inside the derelict property was an antique typewriter and several old newspapers

‘There was a diary from the previous owner who had kept a daily record of everything that happened each day in 1965.’

He added that entering the house felt like ‘delving into someone’s memories.’

‘You could definitely sense that if you did anything wrong there, the eyes of the building would be on you,’ Mr Corkill said.

‘It felt like if you were to do anything bad in the house the ghosts of the building would follow you home.

‘The stairs to the upstairs had completely fallen down, with only a ladder leading to the upper floor.

‘Part of the problem with urban exploration getting more popular is that it does attract a very small percentage of people who want to do damage.

The urban explorer decided to enter the three-bedroom property after discovering the ‘whole rear wall of the house had fallen down.’ Pictured: Inside the property

A upturned sofa, vintage TV set and mould were found in the living room alongside debris and other personal objects

 A mess of vines grow up the exterior walls of the house which has been left completely abandoned since 2006

‘Someone had gone in and scrawled on the wall in red paint “Satan Was Here”. It certainly added to the abandoned look, but I assume it was teenagers causing trouble.

‘You feel the ghosts of the past in these places, but whether these places are actually haunted is anyone’s guess.’

After sharing images of the house online, Mr Corkill was contacted by a previous owner’s great granddaughter.

She confirmed the house was left abandoned in 2006 after its former owner died. It was added that the listing of the building prohibits new buyers from making changes to the house.

A photograph taken in the 1970s captures the now derelict building in Taunton, Somerset, in its former glory

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