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Tanya Rees

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Abandoned shop and home - This place has been abandoned for some time right in the middle of a village, sorry I'm unable to give much more information as these next two posts I have promised not to give out the locations to preserve the site and I would not want to jeopardize my source as I respect them too much to be disrespectful.

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That's very cool. I love the old tills in the shop. Can I ask roughly when you visited so I can add it to the title please? This is just so we have a vague timeline of when somewhere was still doable, and what state it was in. :)

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      Riddlers doing his navy seal impresson

       
       

       

       
       
      Going up 
       

       
      Right tools for the job.
       

       
       

       
       
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      bed for the night
       

       

       

       
      The bangers and mash will go on!
       

       

       

       

       
       

       

       

       

       
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