Inside the haunted Old Crow Cottage, in Willersley, Herefordshire

  • Last owner of Old Crow Cottage, in Willersley, Herefordshire, was tragically killed last year
  • David Edward Penny, 72, died in a car crash on the road outside the house in October, 2013
  • Locals claim to have seen lights flickering inside the cottage, leading to rumours that the cottage is haunted
  • The Grade II-listed cottage was built in the 17th century and had been a village pub

By Tom Gardner

PUBLISHED: 11:47 GMT, 7 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:17 GMT, 7 March 2014

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The haunting signs of lives once lived still echo from every room in this long-abandoned ramshackle ruin.

Old Crow Cottage, a Grade II listed building, now stands eerily abandoned since 2009 - the clothes, pictures and other remnants from former inhabitants are untouched and lying under a thick layer of dust.

New photographs from inside the dilapidated cottage, in Willersley, Herefordshire, reveal the eerie atmosphere within the building which would once have been a family home.

Decrepit: Old Crow Cottage was abandoned since 2009 and has been left to rot ever since

Decrepit: Old Crow Cottage was abandoned since 2009 and has been left to rot ever since

Eerie: A coat lies on top of a pile of rubbish and fallen masonry in one of the haunting pictures taken inside one of the rooms

Eerie: A coat lies on top of a pile of rubbish and fallen masonry in one of the haunting pictures taken inside one of the rooms

Timewarp: Little has changed inside the run-down 300-year-old Old Crow Cottage

Timewarp: Little has changed inside the run-down 300-year-old Old Crow Cottage

Over the last few years, locals have even reported to have seen lights flickering inside the cottage, leading to rumours that the cottage might be haunted.

The last occupant was killed in a car crash on the road outside the home.

Urban explorer Dan Circa ventured inside after reading about its history online.

Dan, 28, from Manchester says: 'The cottage has been in the same family for many years and it looks like each generation has filled the house with their possessions.'

'Inside, there was everything you would find in a family home - from old photographs and clothes to beds and clocks.

'The longer I was inside the cottage the atmosphere felt more and more oppressive.'

Memories: The building which was a family home for many years still holds some of the trinkets and photographs collected by its former residents

Memories: The building which was a family home for many years still holds some of the trinkets and photographs collected by its former residents

Atmospheric: Old Crow Cottage is in a state of disrepair but any prospective buyer would have to overcome the haunting atmosphere within the building if they were to renovate it

Atmospheric: Old Crow Cottage is in a state of disrepair but any prospective buyer would have to overcome the haunting atmosphere within the building if they were to renovate it

Past: Old photographs left inside the abandoned 'Old Crow Cottage' hint at a bygone past when the building would have been a fine family home

Past: Old photographs left inside the abandoned 'Old Crow Cottage' hint at a bygone past when the building would have been a fine family home

A HISTORIC BUILDING WITH A TRAGIC PAST

The Old Crow Cottage can be found in historic records dating to as early as 17th century.

It appears the building was a pub or inn under a series of difference names.

But a local newspaper reports from 1841 show the occupant at the time was a Mr James Matthews.

But the 1851 census the owner had changed to Thomas Phillpots and his family. 

Two years after the census, tragedy struck the Philpotts family with the death of their eldest son Thomas, aged 33, on 22 October 1853.

Details of the occupants through much of the 19th century are sketchy.

But the last person thought to have lived in the Old Crow Cottage was David Edward Penny, 72, who died on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, after his car collided with a lorry on the road outside the house.

The crumbling cottage consists of seven rooms - one entirely burnt out from a fire and another completely collapsed.

Upstairs in one of the bedrooms, lay discarded clothes and empty shoe boxes - in another hangs framed portraits of what could have been residents who once inhabited the home.

Newspaper editions from the 1960s lay strewn across the burnt out floors offering a flashback to the past.

Dan says: 'I'm not a huge believer in ghosts, but at one point a small ornament fell over, as if it was pushed quickly.

'The cottage really is on its last legs, very structurally unsafe and could fall any day now.'

Built in the seventeenth century and originally named 'The Old Crow', the cottage has had many uses over the years.

Initially, the cottage was part of a farm, and then the property became a pub called 'The Crow Inn'.

Years later the pub was closed and the cottage turned into a mini brewery where beers and ciders were produced.

More recently, the cottage provided a backdrop to a horrific car accident that saw a 72-year-old man tragically killed in October 2013.

The victim of the crash is believed to be one of the cottage's last remaining residents named David Edward Penny.

According to local historical records, Mr Penny lived at the cottage with his two brothers Philip and John, but has since lay abandoned.

Dan says: 'I hope the cottage and the objects inside can be saved.

'The vast history is amazing and it should not be left to rot.

'I hope the current owner can fully restore it one day.

'The main reason I started urban exploring is because I love to capture the beauty that can be found in decaying buildings and objects inside.'

Glimpse at a former life: Urban explorer Dan Circa ventured into the eerie interior of the old abandoned cottage to take a series of haunting images

Glimpse at a former life: Urban explorer Dan Circa ventured into the eerie interior of the old abandoned cottage to take a series of haunting images

Forgotten: The abandoned building would have once echoed to the sound of children laughing and playing with their toys - now unloved and gathering dust

Forgotten: The abandoned building would have once echoed to the sound of children laughing and playing with their toys - now unloved and gathering dust

Faith: A sign reading 'The Lord is my strength' still hangs above one of the beds inside the crumbling ruing of Old Crow Cottage

Faith: A sign reading 'The Lord is my strength' still hangs above one of the beds inside the crumbling ruing of Old Crow Cottage

Abandoned: Old Crow Cottage in Willersley, Herefordshire, has been the scene of a number of tragedies during its 200 year history

Abandoned: Old Crow Cottage in Willersley, Herefordshire, has been the scene of a number of tragedies during its 200 year history

Undergrowth: Ivy and other creepers have found a home amongst the detritus from former residents of Old Crow Cottage

Undergrowth: Ivy and other creepers have found a home amongst the detritus from former residents of Old Crow Cottage

Sings of those who once made a home in Old Crow Cottage still litter the interior - including cupboards full of cups and saucers

Sings of those who once made a home in Old Crow Cottage still litter the interior - including cupboards full of cups and saucers

By Staff 03/07/2014 08:17:00