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Cottage Left Frozen In Time With Newspaper Of Titanic Sinking Left On Table

Cottage Left Frozen In Time With Newspaper Of Titanic Sinking Left On Table

The owner lived mainly in just two of the cottage's rooms, before leaving for a care home in 2015

Amelia Ward

Amelia Ward

An old farmhouse looks like it was stopped in time, with visitors given a creepy glimpse into life in the early 20th century.

A photographer saw the abandoned cottage, which was left intact from when its owner had died, with stopped clocks, a half smoked pipe and even newspapers from 1811 all left there.

Triangle News/Abandoned NI

Rebecca, who runs the Abandoned NI page on Facebook, was invited there by its most recent owner, after making a name for herself by documenting rundown buildings.

This particular farmhouse in Cookstown, County Tyrone, was lived in until 2015 by the last of three brothers who kept all of their family's history there.

The last brother to live there - identified only as Dessie - lived a solitary life among the assorted historical artefacts.

Triangle News/Abandoned NI

Before leaving to move to a care home, the octogenarian had lived mainly in just two of the cottage's rooms. He died two years after moving out.

What Rebecca found was astonishing. Among the ancient books and relics of the past was a mantel clock with its hands frozen at 12.15.

Other odd items include a pair of glasses left ready to pick up and dozens of unopened early 20th century tins left on shelves.

There were hundreds of letters in drawers, as well as a cup next to a kettle on top of a stove.

Papers like the Mid Ulster Mail from 1917 were also sitting in a living room that had been shut off for more than 50 years.

One newspaper even documented the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic.

Triangle News/Abandoned NI
Triangle News/Abandoned NI

Triangle News/Abandoned NI

The bedrooms are weirder - the rotting bedclothes still visible, an old bed pan sits next to one bed and a flat cap remains perched on the end of it.

Photographer Rebecca was amazed by the house's unexpected contents and has since catalogued them in an exhibition based on the lives of Dessie and his family.

She said: "I have to admit I saw the outside and wasn't sure if it was worth it. As soon as I opened the door I was blown away.

"I went into what I thought was a wee cottage and it's basically a social history museum."

Triangle News/Abandoned NI

Triangle News/Abandoned NI

Triangle News/Abandoned NI

For her exhibition, she asked friends about the lives of Dessie and his brothers.

Rebecca said: "He was a hearty farmer, milking cows to produce milk and butter. It was reported if you stayed for dinner in the house and you finished up, you were given another dinner for seconds! No one left with an empty stomach."

Featured Image Credit: Triangle News/Abandoned NI

Topics: UK News, Weird