Watch Video From Abandoned Mansion Once Owned by David Gilmour
Video has surfaced of an abandoned British mansion that was once owned by David Gilmour.
And while much is made of the Pink Floyd guitarist’s connection to the house in various headlines, as well as in the 13-minute video you can watch above, Gilmour was not the house’s last owner, and all the stuff left behind doesn’t belong to him.
As NME notes, the 11-bedroom, $13 million Hook End Manor in Gallowstreet Common was once a recording studio used by Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and others. Gilmour even recorded parts of Pink Floyd’s 1987 album A Momentary Lapse of Reason there.
Producer Trevor Horn, who joined Yes as a member on their 1980 Drama album and later produced some of their records – including the career-reviving 90125 – owned the house after Gilmour, who bought it in 1980 from Ten Years After leader Alvin Lee. Horn purchased the house in the ’90s, and sold the 25-acre mansion in 2007 after a freak pellet-gun accident led to the death of his wife.
Nobody is sure how old the house is, but most sources point to it being built for a bishop around 1580.
But as you can see in the above video, the abandoned house – which was recently documented by urban explorers with a camera – looks like it was left in a hurry. A pool table has been prepped for a game. Tables are set for dinner, while books and photos adorn walls and dressers.
The video holds more interest to people who are into this sort of thing rather than to music fans, since the only left-behind item shown is a piano in the room that doubled as a recording studio back in the day. Still, it’s an occasionally eerie glimpse into a 400-year-old mansion that has some classic-rock history.
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