Stargazer Manor is one of those locations that come up every now and again with some thorough research and road miles put in that leave you speechless.
Seemingly abandoned for quite some time, it was literally packed full of everyday items, documents, photographs, note books, driving licences, magazines and so much more from a different world that we are in today. Curiosities and artefacts galore. being inside this house was like stepping back to the beginning of the 20th Century. I expected to hear the distant sounds of sirens wailing as I rummaged through all the vintage items.
A vintage 1920's crystal set Gecophone valve radio caught my eye. Having never seen one before I had to research it after to find out what it was. From what i have read these radios fetch very high prices when they come up for auction so are obviously very collectible. Next to it hung a WW II gas mask pinned to a wall, hanging like a bat. The war theme was to continue throughout this house.
Dozens of letters, documents and other bits of paper were scattered around. Dates ranged from 1895 to the 1920's. The handwriting on each piece of paper so beautiful when handwriting itself was a genuine art. A 1928 subscription card to The British Legion in situ besides other documents and vintage newspapers. A table with a colletion of children's skittles on in one corner, opposite a fine mahogany desk upon which sat an old telescope. Vintgae pastimes brought back in to view if only for a few hours.
Dotted around the rooms were several framed pictures of people. Who were these people? Mainly ladies, maybe they were former occupants or relatives? They wore vintage clothing so I'd imagine they were photographed in the 1800's sometime and left to be frozen in the 21st Century for me to find!
The bathroom had a new loo fitted. This unnerved me slightly to think it was being renovated by someone close by. Yet, at the same time it would be nice to see this old farmhouse restored and lived in again. I just wonder what will happen to all the museum pieces inside. The idea they could all be discarded as unwanted junk fills me with dread. They deserve their own museum.
The downstairs rooms were inaccesable so I am left wondering what delights are inside those rooms. Hwever, four rooms rammed full of such amazing artefacts was enough for anyone's thirst for nostalgia. After a few hours photographing, I left the house in peace as it was found. Frozen in another era, echoes of Wars and a huge amount of pleasure at having seen some things I thought had disappeared forever, and some I didn't even know existed.