Tales of the Urban Explorer: Ardene's House
I can't remember how we can upon 'Ardene's House'. Whether it was a drive-past situation or either @anidiotexplores or myself picked it out of google maps, I am struggling to remember.
What I do know is that we evacuated the 'SlobberchopsMobile' almost opposite the residential plot, noticed that it was on a main road but otherwise quite isolated, and that it was crap!
I am fitting it in with this particular outing, as it bears the same brands as just about all the other explores we did that day, and that is... it was burnt.
What 'Ardene's House' was formally and before the burning, I can only make guesses at. The road was not named 'Ardene' so I have to give it that name. It fits, just about.
We crept up the dishevelled driveway like silent ninjas, as our training and experience dictated. There appeared to be nobody about; just the way we like it.
Those new-looking boards were a bad sign, but until a full inspection is made one should never judge from afar.
This is where I noticed the mosaic tile markings of the house. The '122' was perhaps the number of the road address, and it's not uncommon to even give crappy unremarkable houses some elaborate name in my country.
All thoughts of a ‘no entry’ situation were quickly dissolved seeing this sight. There was no need to open the door; it was detached from its hinges and badly scorched.
Whether this 'room' was fully internal is to be decided. It looks like it once had a roof and yet there's a fierce amount of metal plating guarding something beyond. The plating was pointless as you could enter that room from another of the many dilapidated entrances.
Nice tiles I should say, but lying naked in there would not be so pleasant. The surroundings while 'different' at best would not make up for the countless spiky and sharp edges making inroads to your arse, balls, and upper legs.
A bathroom with a bath gave me a reason to think this was a house and not something else, which I will bring up a little later.
If you are going to torch the place, then why not leave some evidence behind? There could be damning fingerprint forensics covering that old lighter tin.
This room was puzzling. The cooker top did not fit into a room with mottled glasswork, and I am sure it was not a sauna.
We paced ourselves delighting at the quality of scenes displayed to us by ‘Ardene’s House’. Could it get any better?
A wardrobe, vanity mirror, and drawers all point to a residential property except for that one thing that didn't seem right.
Did someone once fornicate on that desk with a client? Likely not, as it doesn’t look particularly sturdy. These ideas raced through my head as well as other more terrible disturbing thoughts.
It wasn't getting any better and it looked like no part of 'Ardene's House' had escaped the ferocious blaze that once must have swept the property destroying just about everything.
Exiting out of the only entrance, we swung our way around the back hoping for a large stash of used drug-related bank notes we could use to purchase some discounted Lucozade. This was all thirsty work.
The roof appeared to be flat, which is most uncommon in the UK. Government buildings such as doctor's outlets, and independent denstists are housed in such properties, and this is what I found perplexing.
The garage was unmoving and could have held any number of treasures. If it had escaped the fire, (which looked promising), it could have been the highlight. We were not going to even attempt to break in as that is not us or what we do.
On leaving I noticed a large pile of rubble directly in front of the garage. Could those be personal belongings, and what were the remains of an eviction?
Someone had been back to try and secure the property, but maybe not so recently. We walked away with more questions than answers.
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