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 the opulent residence of a famous rock star. It has also been a rest home for the elderly and a hotel, to boot. Ultimately, though, the property was abandoned, and the house that forms its centerpiece has since been deserted for years on end. Few knew exactly what lay behind the mansion’s decaying walls – but now an online video has afforded people a rare peek inside.

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Today, the grand house stands as but a shadow of its former glory, but its neglected facade cloaks a significant history. And while the mansion’s formerly impressive appearance may well once have turned heads, it was arguably one of the estate’s former owners who really put it on the map. You see, the residence once belonged to Ian Gillan – the lead singer of Deep Purple. Yet it was not to be the rock star’s forever home.

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The house was actually built back in Victorian times – so how did Gillan come to own it? Well, first, let’s press rewind. Gillan came into the world on August 19, 1945, and grew up as a Londoner. He spent his younger years soaking up the influx of fresh musical influences that were pervading England in the 1960s. And, in fact, his passion for new sounds no doubt laid the foundations for the successful career that was to follow.

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