Tales of the Urban Explorer: The Remote Cottage
“I hope this is worth the walk”...
Too many times we have ended up walking up country lanes mostly made up of shale with divots so deep that driving was impossible unless you wanted no suspension or tyres when finished, only to be rewarded with disappointments.
Was this to be one of those moments? It was already 6.15 pm and we were still in deepest Wales. Those evil dark welsh spirits would soon be materialising and feasting on our English flesh, they can smell we are not of their kin.
We passed a farmer who didn't appear to see us or give a toss. He was filling his tractor full of suspicious-looking brown chocolatey-looking bars. It had to be 9-bars, this was Wales after all.
...'9-Bars are traded in Wales often, I have seen it happen'...
We soldiered onward knowing this remote cottage or house was out there somewhere, protected from the TourBus by the daunting walk, and the fact that the shitheads don’t like to place much effort into finding places.
After a mile or so, the trail dipped downward and had deteriorated so badly that 4x4s would have had problems.
"Is that it?", I asked @anidiotexplores who was lighting up some suspicious substance to puff on.
...'did he do a dodgy deal with that shady-looking drugs farmer while I was looking the other way?'...
It looked like our target and equally sealed. We walked around the edges sniffing for clues and access points.
Nothing and the back was typically overgrown and hadn't seen a human in decades.
It was supposed to open and welcome us in with a verbal entourage after all that effort. What the fuck was going on?
The obvious then dawned like a light bulb cracking. If all else fails, try the thing that is looking you in the face.
We were inside quick as lightning and judging by the outside facade expecting more than what our eyes were seeing.
My first vision was that of Britain's future; a source of heat, a kettle, and a chair. With the recent 54% increase in Gas, nobody can afford to heat their homes anymore.
This is what it’s coming too soon albeit not quite so mucky and dusty.
Pavements were dropping apart in 1970 as well as in current times. Little has changed.
This got me thinking. Is there someone living here and this is the welcome for explorers, trespassers, or unexpected visitors?
Delightful wallpaper and they did use modern gas cookers here once upon a time, stuffed away in a corner.
Can someone tell me what those blue, yellow, and green things are?
Stack the newspapers in the fire and light them, which keeps the dampness at bay and will stop the wallpaper from peeling. That's the theory. Does anyone listen to me?
Some things you see are a little surreal. It’s not always dark in these houses. The highlight shot.
You need to bend a little if you are tall. We used to be shorter in the 1800s.
At the bottom of the stairs, the shitter without any door. Is this another trait of the Welsh?
The house appeared to be split into two sections. This was looking down from the loft in the right-most area.
The roof was quite solid and miraculously holding off the fierce Welsh weather.
In Wales, you place the kettle in the oven to boil your water. They have some strange conventions over there as well as that funny talking.
The other half of ‘The Remote Cottage’, contained equally decent stairs. I wasn’t going to fall to my death here.
A few moments earlier I had heard some excited yells from @anidiotexplores. I figured something more interesting had taken his fancy.
It appeared this was the 'interesting room' and anything not stolen by previous visitors had been shunted up here.
The pram was something from another era. Nobody uses these impractical devices for their babies in our current age.
‘Gallant Adventures’ caught my eye, though @anidiotexplores was more interested in ‘The Black Spot’ and told me later that this book could be valuable as a first edition.
This is why I am so cagey with time capsules. Remote it may be, but the thieves will come if there's anything of value.
I opened up the children’s book and was surprised to see the personal greeting from 1937 written with quill and ink.
All of these are doubtless ancient and belong in a dusty antique store.
Wishing there were a few more rooms such as this in ‘The Remote Cottage’ I left in search of the bathroom.
No toilet in this one, you could always piss in the bath?
Likewise, it's anyone's guess what you might weigh. This could be great if you feel guilty but then can say, 'I did try, and couldn't see my weight'.
On leaving I noticed the 1823 date stamped into the stonework. This was once common practice when the stoneworkers took pride in their work.
It was once a brand new house, but you would likely freeze to death living there in this remote area with all that rain and gales.
FOOTNOTE: I searched for ‘The Remote Cottage’ on google and was surprised to find it. It does have a name and a little history associated with it.
Due to stealable items within I am loathed to spill any beans about it. My facts were gained from its approximate location, something I cannot divulge in public.
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Dang, 1970. That is crazy. I would have guessed that was heroine in the bars that the guy was loading. Shows how much I know. I must be really behind all these new fangled drugs! That is a really odd place for a toilet right at the bottom of the steps like that.
1823 design..., they had some strange fetishes in medieval times!
I guess so!
I'm not sure, but they look like reflectors for kids backpacks and bikes...
That looks like it's going to be around for a while, nice find :) I love the classic books and things!
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Makes sense.. that baby turned into a kid at some point. How they wheeled that big pram around on a dirt track road is anyone's guess!
Dirt tracks can be hard packed... And it was probably a healthy workout!
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"My first vision was that of Britain's future; a source of heat, a kettle, and a chair. With the recent 54% increase in Gas, nobody can afford to heat their homes anymore."
"At the bottom of the stairs, the shitter without any door. Is this another trait of the Welsh?"
Haaaa haaaa haaaaa.... :))
It's for this kind of thing that I can't miss a single one of your posts!....
So well written and with those wonderful photos that seem to come out of a surrealistic universe some of them!!!...
LOL, it's true about the heating. It's freezing here now and I'm walking around in a walking sleeping bag. A little musty as it's not been used since last winter.
This one is dirty, needs soap asap !LOLZ And had to look up what these so called soap really is. At first glance I thought that it is a soap with charcoal - i love it as it clean really well, but yeah this is some different kind.
They all tend to be filthy inside, no regular cleaners make them kind of that way heh..
Probably one of the nicest places you've visited so far.
They're reflectors to attach to the spokes of a wheel on a kid's bicycle.
A couple of people have mentioned their use now.. thanks!
9 bars. lol. I saw one a couple of times. What a trip back that is!
Interestingly, those prams, they are actually in quite high demand from well off young mums and cost a bloody fortune!
I did in Wales, circa 1992. Could have been killed, I had no fear then.
Interesting, we have one at my mums place, it's @dismayedworld's. She's 19 now and a little old for it. Never sold it, need to!
Yeah, it's funny how immortal we all think we are at that age.
Get to the selling of the pram, stat!!
Another nice explore - that one looked unravaged compared to some of the others you've shared, looks like the hoardes of spoilers havent found it yet, or couldnt be bothered with the walk.
Those plastics things you were asking about - were they not for putting on the spokes of kids bikes. They are reflectors. You could get them free in corn flake packets or something like that.
Anyway - another quality post !
It will be back to the shitholes soon, I have one more Capsules to share, maybe next post. They are quite rare.
This is the first time I've heard the term 9 bars before lol. Interesting sight to witness.
The old pram in the house is pretty cool. It looks super creepy in that setting though.
It's not actually creepy when you are there, or maybe I am immune from it all now.
Greetings Mr. slobberchops I have been reading your posts for some time and I really applaud you for the magnificent ethnographic documentary research that you do on your urban explorations.
It is really through your narrative, lyrics, and muses that I perceive firsthand the cosmovision in each place that you show us through the lens of your camera and your lyrics in this space of hive window for everyone in the world.
Marveled with the way of life in that century and stage corresponding to the medieval time whose ontology refers to its cultural load, beliefs, universal laws, religion, families who loved their day-to-day...
Gratitude for continuing to inspire minds and souls with that universe where time is punctual just as we leave the physical body as did those people who lived in that house in 1823 and through their optics we can see how they extended with their lifestyle the moments of happiness... definitely this cultural sample refers to the art of living in that century, at that time.
Are you sure this isn't refined sheep shit?
Doesn't it look tasty, a Lindt product!
Goodness, that looks ripe for a renovation!!!!
Ain't that the truth!
It's hardly a looker, and is tough to access. The road needs fixing up a bit and during winter if it snows.. forget it!
You already got me with that place and your photos. But your totally caught me with your wonderful bloody storytelling. I enjoyed it highly, with laughter and amazement. Well described and straight forward. Your have a unique style. I'll be patient for more food.
What is it about @anidiotexplores and the 9oz bars?
The bar is hash, isn't it?
And @anidiotexplores last activity was 1970? 😅
Well thanks! I never believe anyone when they say I can write..., but still I appreciate the comment.
Yes, it resin and used to be popular during the 90's. I encountered a deal during this time during my druggie days.
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I see. But I've never seen it in a soapie form before. Smart, in a way. Well wrapped, air-sealed, next stop is the special soap market.
😂, check. Got it.
Thanks for answering.
Great find @slobberchops and I liked reading it 🤓😎
That old pram… people are wanting them back and using them again. Funny how things can change.
Those green and yellow things. Are reflectors for in kids bikes… in the wheels between the iron thingies. (Not sure of the English name hehehe)
In Germany they were obligated to be placed in children’s bikes.
Great to find some old books with inscriptions. Especially when you find some first editions.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!
The could be first editions, I didn't look. It's not my stuff and is not there for the taking.
Of course… I think the same @slobberchops , many don’t.
Have a great Saturday 👋🏻😎
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Another beautiful find; and stunning pictures. Honestly Slobbers, these exploration posts of yours make me want to do the same. Just wish I lived in an area where I could find a couple of these places!! Always surprising to see newspapers that old still in decent shape.
The yellow, green, blue things that look like toys may serve as a kind of illuminator.
The baby carriage is very original
You tell me about Britain future, everytime i look at the gas and electric meter i got shivers. Those coloured bits are reflecting things that you put on your bike wheels.
I love exploring such abandoned homes and other places.
Wow, this word creeped me out
Are you saying people might be leaving in here or maybe they might be trespassers leaving there?
All the abandoned homes you post this looks more awful like homes from the 70s.
Such a shame to see those books just sitting there. Of course they are not yours to take, but a shame. Some things don't look sad when neglected - I find the stroller kind of creepy - but books always look forlorn, the text on their peeling covers something like sad puppy eyes.
I'm assuming you and your fellow house hunter are operating under the philosophy of just don't get hurt, as far as what do you do if you get hurt? Seems like a pretty awkward place to fall through the stairs and need an ambulance. Although maybe you all are a lot more MacGyver than I am thinking, and one of you will open up your backpack and pop out the collapsible stretcher and neck brace. Your friend would say something like "Don't worry, man. I'm just going to pop your shoulder back in place and we will tell the people at the ER that you slipped in the shower."
That's a pretty interesting spot, and I'm glad you didn't fall through any stairs.
I'm recovering now from injury. Will likely be out for most of the winter. I was lucky, people do get killed doing this.
Can someone tell me what those blue, yellow, and green things are?
The Kelloggs Frostie bike reflectors in the cereal boxes that you attacked to your spokes. Brings me back. I used to be pulling the cereal boxes apart getting myself another. 😀
Nice take you have on this little place 😊
More there when you visited? I tend to be late.. 😀
not really no.. seems to be the same amount of stuff.. the was a gun there, some rusty relic until someone decided they didn't want anyone else to see it so hid it... it was found... then hid again 🙄
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Keep it quiet! Not much left but still a gem, you should have done the sheds and garage awesome stuff in there. Those coloured things, did you never ride a bike , never eat Kellogg cereals? They were freebies that you fitted on the spokes.
Wrong location listed as usual, no chance of that!