Urban explorers look inside creepy abandoned family manor

News: Urban explorers look inside creepy abandoned family manor

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Two urban explorers made a number of unexpected discoveries as they filmed themselves going into a historic family manor in Gainsborough.

Personal items including a children’s toys, family photographs and books are seen to be strewn across the floor of the once grand early 19th century manor house, which was the former home of deceased Tory councillor William Parry.

Matt Nadin, 39, and Andy Thompson, 53, from South Yorkshire, otherwise known as Finders Bleepers History Seekers, were shocked to discover the house was still full of personal belongings and the remnants of what used to be a busy family home.

Highfield House in Gainsborough
(Image: Finders Beepers)

“We’ve had lots of local interest in this building and lots of local people asking us about it, so we thought it would be an ideal location for our next video,” said Matt.

“It’s a truly amazing building. There were so many personal items, lots of school pictures from the 80s.

“It’s strange, we usually have quite a comedic element to most of our videos, but there was something about this property that was fairly sobering. There was a heavy atmosphere.

“You could really see a life in there, you could see the kids growing up and what they were interested in. Paperwork from old council meetings and documentation about previous MPs was just strewn about the place.

“We’re not paranormal hunters but the atmosphere in the house felt very strange.”

Toys and family items are left strewn in the house
(Image: Finders Beepers)

Councillor William Parry passed away in 2013 after having served as a town and district councillor on Gainsborough Town Council and West Lindsey District Council, respectively. He was also a long-standing member of the Gainsborough and District Conservative branch and served as both branch secretary and treasurer.

The former home of Tory Councillor William Parry
(Image: Finders Beepers)

“We didn’t know too much about the individual before we entered the home,” said Matt.

“We knew that he was a former Tory councillor and that when he passed away his wife was left behind in the house and was eventually moved into a home.”

The duo have travelled across the globe in their pursuit of urban exploration, and have recently just returned from Russia where they discovered an abandoned £23 million mansion that was used in an iconic James Bond film, Never Say Never.

“We started out with metal detecting about two years ago,” said Matt.

“We’ve got a real avid interest in history. We’re very interested in old houses and old buildings. So far we’ve been to locations in France, Poland, Belgium, and Germany.”


Disused factories and hospitals and former military bases are among the sites typically frequented by urban explorers, however a broader definition of urban exploration may also include the exploration of rooftops, sewers, and building sites, or any other location that may be restricted to the general public.

(Image: Finders Beepers)

Despite the debate surrounding the safety and legality of urban exploration, Matt insists that the pair do what they do for the right reasons.

(Image: Finders Beepers)

“Urban exploration is a grey area,” said Matt.

“It’s not a criminal offence, it’s a civil offence, as long as we’re not breaking and entering.

“But we do it for the right reasons, unlike some.

“We do it to document buildings like this for future generations to see before they are changed or lost forever.”

Lincolnshire Live were unable to get in contact the family of William Parry for comment before publication.

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