Eerie house frozen in time as strange monument after owners suddenly died

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A Grade II listed property now resembles an eerie time capsule that was left "frozen in time" after the property was abandoned when the owners died.

Urban explorers came across the crumbling six bedroom property, which was filled with old newspapers and magazines, family photos and bottles of booze that had been amassed over the years.

Evidence suggests that the property in Wigan, Greater Manchester, was lived in as recently as 2017, although the furnishings and layout of the home show a blast from the post with its 1970s décor.

An old-style television set features in the living room while the carpets and wallpaper appear to have remained there for decades.

Urban exploring pair Andrew and Courtney, both 23, came across the house as part of their abandoned buildings exploration hobby.

The pair believe the house was extended from a four-bed into a six-bed and belonged to a married couple called Jack and Synthia, who lived there into their 90s.

Synthia is believed to have died in 2012, with Jack remaining at the property until his death in 2017, and the house has remained untouched ever since their passing.

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Courtney, of Leeds, said: "It seems that his wife passed away a few years before Jack died and he lived there alone until he died.

"We worked out the house has been abandoned since 2017, that was the last year on the calendar in the house. The last date marked off was February 15.

"There was a lot still in the house, like cleaning products, drinks, the garden was really overgrown and the house was really big."

Among the artefacts strewn around the home were Jack's old national service papers, a collection of family photos and birthday cards sent to the home to celebrate Synthia's 90th birthday.

Two bottles of Babycham and several bottles of rum were also spotted, which appeared to be a favourite of Jack's.

Courtney, who is fascinated by learning about the past of a house and the lives of its inhabitants, said exploring the abandoned home was tinged with sadness.

She added: "Jack must have lived in one part of the house towards the end. There was a note on the wall that he’d written for his carers to turn the taps off.

“Jack was in his 90s when he died, we found his birth certificate and we think his wife was around 90 when she died.

“It’s quite sad to see, you walk into the living room and you realise it’s somebody’s family home and it was just left like that one day and never touched again and it’s stayed that way ever since."

Courtney also said the home was "like a time capsule" as she and Andrew shared several photos from their trip inside the abandoned property.

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