An Urban Explorer Braved A Rock Star’s Crumbling House – And Captured Some Insane Footage Inside

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This sprawling mansion was once home to a famous musician. It’s also been a rest home for the elderly and a hotel to boot. Ultimately, however, the site was abandoned, and the house has since lain undisturbed for years on end. Now an online video has afforded the general public a rare peek inside.

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Today, the house stands as but a shadow of its former glory, but its neglected facade hides a significant history. And while its formerly impressive aesthetic appearance may have turned heads, it was arguably one of the mansion’s former owners who really put it on the map. You see, the property was once owned by Ian Gillan, lead singer of Deep Purple. However, it was not to be his forever home…

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The property itself was built back in Victorian times. So how did Gillan come to own the house? Well, Gillan came into the world on August 19, 1945, and grew up as a Londoner. And he spent his younger years soaking up the influx of fresh musical influences that were pervading England in the 1960s. In actual fact, his passion for new sounds laid the foundation for his successful future career.

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