By Luke Kenton
This abandoned mansion is far from just another decaying BRICK IN THE WALL – as a group of urban explorers found out when investigating a stunning manor house once belonging to Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.
Located in Hook End, Reading, the stunning 11-bedroom mansion, now valued at £12 million, boasts an impressive musical history, as it was once used to record albums for the likes of Jamiroquai, Spandau Ballet, and even Pink Floyd’s 1987 album, ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’.
Sold by David Gilmour in the 1990s to legendary pop producer Trevor Horn, the vast estate has remained vacant since 2007, as after a tragic shooting accident involving Horn’s wife, Jill, Trevor was forced to place the property on the market for £10 million.
Discovering the ‘Hook-End Manor’ online, Dan Dixon and fellow urban explorers from his YouTube channel, ‘Exploring with Fighters’, were left speechless when they arrived to find the property largely untouched, including a full-sized snooker table and pristine furniture.
Having once featured a maintained heated swimming pool, croquet lawn and tennis court, possibly the house’s strangest feature came when Dan discovered in the basement a tombstone of a 7-year-old child, ‘Little Jack’, who died in 1909.
Heartbroken that the breathtaking premises has been left to decay, Dan is hoping the property – which was built in the 1580s – is bought soon, before going “past the point of repair,” he said.
Dan, who has been inspecting abandoned buildings since 2005, said: “If only the walls could talk, I’m sure they’d have some stories to tell.
“The size of the mansion was just overwhelming, it had a presence like I’ve never felt before.
“You could almost feel the leftover energy from some of the parties they must’ve had.
“Pink Floyd and other artists must’ve stood around that snooker table after they’d finished recording. It was amazing to see it in such good condition – it really got me thinking.
“I’m no Pink Floyd expert, but the excitement and atmosphere just made my mind go blank.
“We drove four hours to get to the property, and were so nervous we might not be able to get in.
“Thankfully, the front door was open, and the trip down wasn’t wasted.
“It’s a strong ethic we stand by as explorers, take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.
“This explore is definitely up there with the best of them, but every place tells a different story.
“Despite the cobwebs, gravestone and damp, it was such a difficult place to leave – the property was just stunning and we wanted to capture every inch of it.
“We are hoping to continue our exploring on a global scale, hopefully heading over to northern Japan in early 2018.”
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