Steep House / Potters Manor House was built in 1904. The last inhabitants were a family of artisans and potters and for some reason, that we will probably never know, left the house with all its contents including many paintings and full wardrobes of clothes. Over the years the house has suffered from looting, pillaging and vandalism.
Chaise Abbey was one of the last urbex explores I did in the UK and the only explore I ever did on my own. Location was a good couple of hundred miles from home so I drove down during the night to reach the location before sunrise so as to get in without too much trouble.
Around 9am workers turned up but they were just working outside the building so I carried on photographing the house till I got tired and then fell asleep on an old couch under the stairs. When I woke up it was dark and the workers had finished for the day, so I left for home.
The house used to have some nice old Chaise lounge sofas but they must of been moved recently as they were not there on my visit which was a disappointment, but still an interesting explore and a couple of nice shots.
The Rayner family has been farming in the Colnbrook area since the reign of Elizabeth I. In 1945, the family purchased Berkyn Manor Farm & Manor House in Horton, together with 60 acres of land (the site of Berkyn Manor was also the home to the famous poet, Milton, and his parents from 1632 to 1638). In 1954, J Rayner & Sons Ltd was founded from the original farming partnership.
Between 1636 and 1638 John Milton lived with his family in Horton in a house reputedly on the same site as today’s Berkyn Manor Horton on J. Rayner and Sons farm.
“For solitude is sometimes best society, And short retirement urges sweet return”
Paradise Lost. Early 18th Century derelict manor house built on the home of one of England’s most renown poets of the 16th Century.