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Thorndale Obsession

Ontario : Middlesex County
Location #3486

Location Owner:doom vs
Creation Date: 11/14/2011
Last Updated: 11/6/2013

This place has been on my radar since June. I had passed by then en route to London, taking the scenic route of course, and noticed a caved in front porch, a demolished barn, and a yard seemingly rarely attended to. However, a visit was not to be that day.
Fast forward to November 12. I was again going to London and decided to pass by again and do some quick recon. No car in the driveway again, nor apparent signs of habitation, although the old school gate was closed and there were dual no trespassing signs posted. Grass not touched for some time, although certainly not allowed to grow wild. Small hole in roof. Porch falling in. Crap all over the yard. Hedges all crazy. Google maps shows a busy looking property with a bus (gone) parked alongside the driveway. Street view shows no bus, but rather a crappy red pickup truck and an open gate, with no posted warning signs. The out of date image on street view also reveals slight deterioration since those pics were taken, so that was another clue to me that the house was sitting essentially idle.
HOWEVER...the power looks still hooked up, and there is a beware of dog sign in one of the side windows, so although I was dying to check out the place at my leisure, I was actually feeling apprehensive. Curiosity always wins, but I kept it brief and superficial.
My take on this place? The house is not in use. The owner still uses the grounds for farming purposes, i.e. access to the fields. I believe the beware of dog sign is a prop. I also believe the power lines remain intact and the grass is kept nominally cropped to keep vandals away. For a brief while I contemplated going to the front door but there is a thick cedar hedge obscuring the front of the property from the road and driveway, and acting as a wall which would impede a quick escape. So I really just wandered about the driveway area and got a feel for the place.

History? I consulted the 1878 atlas, and it shows the property being owned by a Richard Logan, with a structure indicated where the house is. So it's at least that old.

I have to go back at some point to dig deeper. I would suggest anyone visiting to use caution, as the road is quite busy and there is no place to covertly park. All in is how i went, leaving my copilot out in the vehicle with the engine running is very close to the edge of the village, and with no idea who the owner of the land might be, a surprise encounter could very well happen! On my return trip home I contemplated another quick recon, but it was near dark. You might want to try approaching from the village side (west) and make your way through the side yard which is somewhat heavily treed.

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Oct. 2013
Thorndale Obsession
Created on:11/6/2013
Created by: Dave Summer
16 photos
Thorndale Obsession
Created on:10/24/2013
Created by: Veeedub226
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End of August 2013
Thorndale Obsession
Created on:8/31/2013
Created by: ladyoftheflowers
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Thorndale Obsession
Created on:4/28/2013
Created by: Finz519
10 photos
October 6, 2012
Thorndale Obsession
Created on:10/20/2012
Created by: OAP
2 photos


Status: Demolished
Category: House or Farm



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ladyoftheflowers says:
9/1/2013 4:06:28 PM

... relatives are just down the road, actually (Elliott Grain Ltd. - check my gallery), so use extra caution because you never know when one could be driving by. is his obituary.

ladyoftheflowers says:
9/1/2013 4:05:09 PM

Whoops, didn't notice doom already said it may be in use. I found out that the house used to belong to Murray Elliott, a man who never had kids (probably never married), but kept his blood family close. There are signs on the door as instructions to them, I believe. In a way it's sad to believe they've disregarded his house and just use the land. He passed away in 2010. I think his living...

ladyoftheflowers says:
8/30/2013 5:14:56 PM

I have a feeling this place is at least partially maintained. I've noticed minor changes (signs, mail gone etc.). Could just be someone messing around though. Either way, so glad to see this place is actually abandoned. That non-existent dog won't be scaring me away next time ;)

doom vs says:
5/27/2012 9:29:31 AM

Awesome...glad someone cracked the damned thing. I was gonna make an attempt next time down that way. Busy stretch of road, though!

teddd says:
3/12/2012 8:49:14 PM

No luck getting a look at the inside?

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