The Grade I listed Wigan house now resembles an eerie time capsule, having been abandoned when its owners died

City researchers stumbled upon the derelict, Grade II listed, six-bed property, which is filled with old newspapers, magazines, family photos and liquor bottles amassed over decades.

Despite evidence that the Wigan home was only occupied in 2017, the decor and furnishings appear to be a time capsule from a much earlier decade.

The living room features a 1970s-style square TV, while the carpet and wallpaper appear unchanged for decades.

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A couple of urban explorers known only as Andrew and Courtney, both 23, stumbled upon the house over the weekend as part of their hobby of finding fascinating abandoned buildings.

They believe the home, which appears to have been expanded from a four-bedroom to a six-bedroom, belonged to a married couple named Jack and Synthia, who lived into their ’90s.

They believe Synthia died in 2012 and Jack lived alone until his death in 2017. The house has remained untouched since then.

The outdated bathroom

Courtney, from Leeds, West Yorks, said: “It appears that his wife died a few years before Jack’s death and he lived there alone until his death.

“We found out that the house has been abandoned since 2017, which was the last year on the house’s calendar. The last date marked was February 15th.

“There was still a lot in the house, such as cleaning supplies, drinks, the garden was really overgrown and the house was really big.”

Among the hundreds of artifacts are Jack’s old National Service papers, a bunch of family photos, and Synthia’s 90th birthday cards.

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There were also two bottles of Babycham and some bottles of rum, which seemed to be Jack’s favorite drink.

Courtney, who first took up the hobby during lockdown in 2020, said she is fascinated by learning about a home’s past and the lives of its occupants.

But she said exploring the home was tinged with sadness at the thought of all the years the couple had spent together.

She added: “Jack must have lived in part of the house towards the end. On the wall was a note he had written for his caregivers to turn off the taps.

A gloomy corridor

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

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

“It’s like a time capsule, it’s just frozen in time. A lot of the elements in the house are from a long time ago, I think a lot of older people haven’t renovated very often so it looks even older.

“They would have said on their wedding day ’till death do us part,’ and death separated them.”

Courtney and Andrew often share their amazing discoveries on social media as urbexcoupleac.

The lounge is long past its prime
A dusty tea set
A bed full of photos
Abandoned dominoes
Past Life Pictures
A 90th birthday card

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