In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”
“Show us something creepy – because hey, we can’t take photos of rainbows and puppies every day. Well okay, I guess we can, but let’s branch out anyway!”
By the very definition; Creepy ‘kri:pi’
Adjective informal: causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease. “The creepy feelings one often gets in a strange house”.
Synonyms: frightening, scaring, chilling, alarming, shocking, nightmarish, macabre, ghostly
The very essence of that definition is one that absolutely draws me in like an excited kid at Christmas time. And for this very reason, it’s this location that is by no means creepy to me, but for some might fall into this category. It’s rather chillingly fascinating. The visuals and history behind a Haunted Gothic Mansion that stands in the suburb of Annandale in Sydney and even better, is still currently occupied by residents who admit to living with the ghosts that roam the halls of The Abbey, also known as Witches House.
I’ve been to this site to photograph the sublime architecture of the mansion on numerous occasions and every time I’m left to stand there gazing up at her splendor in absolute awe. This Victorian Free Gothic Style mansion encompasses stencil work, timber architraves, a gothic vault, hand-painted panels, gables, arches, lions, gargoyles, quatrefoils, chimneys, turrets, a cloister and a tower with copper cladding and so much more.
If you’re a romantic by heart or you love architecture or anything relating to haunted then you might enjoy the haunting story of how this Gothic mansion came to be, from an idea born out of love, modelled and built by John Young, in the effort to lure his bride to Australia, which ended in tragedy on sea en route to Australia. The land was originally purchased by John in 1877 and the mansion completed in 1882 and so much history that followed since then.
Since Creepy is this weeks theme, after examining images of this beautiful Gothic mansion, read the history behind its existence in my post link below, and then sit back and let your imagination go – close your eyes and imagine being locked up in this haunted mansion in the dead of night, not a soul around to offer some resemblance of comfort or safety and you hear the stairs creek, and feel an icy breeze dance past your face, you feel the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. The shadows casting ominous figures across the wooden floor, oh yes, this would be creepy indeed.
Read my full post on The Abbey here.