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UK Red Dress Manor - October, 2013

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I know this site has been done to death but I wanted to visit it before it got publicised and thankfully I did.

Visited one wet weekend in October just before it was splashed all over the Daily Mail website with location and all given. I just hope it doesn’t go all down hill from now and gets destroyed like Potters Manor….

It was my first UK explore since earlier this year as I turned more to Europe now. A relatively quick visit but the place still has some good parts to see.

I won’t bore you with details as history has been well documented here and now the Daily Mail, so here is my take on this place.

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Your shots of the place are stunning. It's such a damn shame it's now been treated with little respect by the media and the person who sold the pics. It one of the locations I would have loved to have seen.

cracking share and thanks :)

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Totally agree with the above comments, I'm mad as hell. Now its totally at the mercy of any fuckwit out there. Simple as.

Sorry to hijack the report as there are some really cool detail shots there.

*Edit to post* One point I would have an issue with: it's insulting to tramps. ;)

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