Witley Park



This picture and others of Witley have gained a lot of attention over the past year or so.

At the time that these photos were taken, the ballroom was NOT locked. You will see I don't have pictures from Lutyens boathouse or the other underground room as both WERE locked at the time.


Since my visit, I have been informed by a number of sources that the ballroom is now also locked and alarmed. I don't need to point out that breaking into a locked premises is breaking and entering and is illegal; it's also against the generally accepted urban exploration rules (somewhere here: www.forbidden-places.net/why.php).


Due to the above, please don't contact me for access details as I won't provide them.

I also suggest against visiting Witley as you will have a long walk around the lake only to be confronted by a padlock. If you get spotted wandering about private properly with bolt croppers, expect to be arrested.


Lastly: If you want to use my photos, please just ask me/credit me/drop me a BTC tip: 17Kpxa2LFYPFEjx8xZfegGmgG1mQcqBP4w




This is a room under a lake in Witley Park. It's over 100 years old. I've never seen anything like it before.

  • .O.. 7y

    This is like something from Jules Verne!

    Blows the so-called Millennium Dome out of the water!
  • Ian Muttoo 7y

    Wow! Fantastic!
  • RJS1130 6y

    I am an Architect, & distant relative by marriage to Whitaker Wright, who built this incredible structure, still water tight after 100 years without any maintenance (Probably!) I knew about it's existence; never having seen any representation of it, my imagination ran wild, wondering what it really looked like. I am eternally grateful to those enterprising young adventurers who have provided these amazing photographs, thus satisfying my long time imaginative curiosity, Many Thanks
  • Large Pig 6y

    I'm glad you like the shot, nice to hear that someone releated to Whitaker Wright appreciates the product of somewhat controversial methods of appreciation of his work... If that makes sense!
  • Sam Tait 5y

    allways liked this, never made it though ;-(
  • netfledge 4y

    This is possibly the most incredible thing I've ever seen. I can't believe it is watertight. Was it ever used?
  • Large Pig 4y

    I'm a bit upset that Gizmodo have used this photo without permission or acknowledgement :(
    and a couple of others have used it too.
  • Antony Meadley 4y

    www.slashgear.com are also using this photo, but at least they give you credit for it.
  • Daniel Catt 4y

    I see the Daily Mail Online have used this photo too, did they licence it thru Getty or directly?

  • jg2008 3y

    Whats the matter with you people - property rights? These photos were taken by breaking in!
  • Large Pig 3y

    Rev Dan Catt
    No, I've only been contacted by one or two people asking for permission to use this photo. Most, including the Mail have not asked for permission in any way.

    I didn't "break in" to take these photos. I understand that the folly is now secured, but it wasn't at the time. I plan to put a note at the top of all my Witley photos.
  • .O.. 3y

    I am delighted to see these photos back again.
  • Large Pig 3y

    Thanks Fine Stone Miniatures. I'm glad Flickr allowed me to undelete my account.
  • .O.. 3y

    This has to be one of my most favourite photos, not only on Flickr, but anywhere; I was dismayed when I thought it had gone. Thanks for coming back!

    I would so love to have seen this place.
  • Large Pig 3y

    Thanks again, it's an awesome place.
    cybergibbons also has a great set here:
  • Asher 3y

    Wow, this place seems really mysterious.
  • Thomas Halle 3y

    I want one of these so I can start planning the demise of mankind.
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