Creepy portraits and family photos found in London mansion abandoned 30 years ago

Old black and white family photographs are strewn across the living room floor (Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

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Creepy portraits and family photos have been found in a London mansion which was abandoned 30 years ago.

Urban explorer Colin Smith, 36, made the discovery while driving home from a job on the outskirts of North London.

The former plumber from Hampshire – known on YouTube as 'The Bearded Explorer' – spotted the long overgrown driveway of a mansion and decided to find out more about it.

Inside the property, which dates back to the 1930s, Colin found photos, books and newspapers.

Footage from inside the property shows a cellar, a kitchen in a state of decay and some creepy portraits.

A huge bay window fronts one of many living spaces in the mansion
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

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It is not clear why the house was abandoned, but sell-by dates on food items seem to show it has been empty for about 30 years.

The photos also showed the former servant quarters, and a bell system where owners could ring the servants, who resided in their own quarters, for assistance.

Silver-plated cutlery, a grand piano and newspapers dating back to 1954 lie strewn across the property.

Old newspapers, books and magazines fill the bedroom upstairs
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

The glorious architecture of the 1930s home is on full display, despite its deteriorating condition
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

An old art deco style bath gathers grime
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

Newspapers dating all the way back to the 1950s were found inside the abandoned mansion
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

An abstract portrait of a woman lies amongst the decaying rubble
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

Colin said finding similar properties can be bittersweet because in a way he is thrilled, but he also feels upset to see such incredible homes fall from their former glory.

The urban explorer explained: "I came across this amazing house completely by accident.

"I was driving in the area for a job when I noticed the stunning architecture which really drew me in.

The abandoned mansion has been left empty for decades
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

Paint peels from the walls and ceilings of every room
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

Colin found mouldy items in the fridge
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

"I dropped a pin in the map on my phone and then a few days later I went back with my girlfriend and my mate and we had a look round.

"Normally these chance discoveries tend to be the better ones for urban explorers as the chances are that no one has been there yet."

He added: "It was quite creepy because it was so dark and the house was so big.

"It didn’t look as if it had fallen into a dangerous state of repair."

Books left over by the previous occupants
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

The large kitchen still retains many of its original features
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

A spooky staircase links the basement of the property to the living quarters above
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

The basement of the property is a maze of corridors
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

A bell system connecting each bedroom to the servant quarters was discovered in the mansion
(Image: MDWFeatures / @thebeardedexplore)

Colin believes the mansion may have been sold to a property tycoon who eventually did not renovate it.

He added: "When I put a torch in a room and realised just how big it was with the tall ceilings, it was really unexpected.

"The attention to detail in every room was incredible. They must’ve spent an absolute fortune doing it up.

"One of the most interesting finds was the bell system in the hallway and kitchen. Each room had its own bell which linked up to the kitchen."

Colin said some of the items he found were "incredible", adding: "It’s these personal items that really spark your imagination when exploring a home like this."

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