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Neglected Manor


Discovered by odet27
Created Jan 07 2012
Recent status Demolished
Category House Or Farm
City London, Ontario
Location # 3757
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London Manor was the home of Robert J. Tyrrell (b. 1936, d. August 21, 2008) and his wife Mary Isabelle Wardrop (b. March 31, 1940).

The home featured a large swimming pool, two fire places and 5 bedrooms. The Tyrrell's raised three children in the home: Julie, Michael and Kathryn (Katie).

After Mr. Tyrrell passed away in 2008 his wife chose to sell the property.

The property that the Tyrrell's house was located on was designated as Multi-Famlly, Medium Density Residential. York Developments wanted to purchase the land and construct a Shoppers Drug Mart with second-floor office buildings. This construction would require a re-zoning of the property from Residential to Commercial Shopping Area. Without this re-zoning, the property would remain designated for residential purposes.

On January 16, 2009 London City Planning Staff approved the re-zoning but then on February 2, 2009 London City Council refused to make the necessary amendments and did not give their reasons for doing so.

Mary Tyrell and Sofco Properties appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. They presented four witnesses that argued the proposal was appropriate from an urban design perspective, future traffic in the area would not be adversely effected and that the land would not negatively affect existing Commercially zoned properties. The City of London was unwilling to undo the last 10 years they'd spent trying to satisfy the community.

Local residents expressed concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety issues. Of concern to many was the possibility of motorists potentially "cutting through" the property to avoid waiting at a red light.

One resident Tracy Q. wrote, "Mary and Bob Tyrell did not really ever make an investment in taking care of their house or property. Their grass is left uncut, their fencing is falling down, they have piles of junk sitting in plain view, etc."

On October 26, 2009 the appeal to the OMB was dismissed and the City of London's decision was upheld. (I contacted some of these neighbours for their input but none of them responded)

In 2011 Ali Soufan of York Developments again tried to have the zoning designation changed. York Developments wanted to change the maximum density of 75 units per hectare to 300 units per hectare. London City staff felt that the property was too small for a development of that size. Environmental assessments would need to be completed and road improvements would need to be made. London City staff recommended the project not be approved.

Katherine Munn representing the community residents requested that the application be rejected. Other residents expressed concerns about the need for a four-land highway before the building a 15-storey apartment building.

To demonstrate the traffic problems, one resident showed a video that he had taken of his wife trying to back out of the driveway on to Sunningdale. It took a long time to find an opening in traffic and it wasn?t even rush hour!

In November of 2011 York Developments applied to the City of London for approval to build a 113 unit apartment building, significantly smaller than previously discussed.

In February of 2012, York Developments received tentative approval for the construction of new housing. The building would consist of levels of 12 storeys, 10 storeys and three storeys, the latter in the form of attached townhouses facing Sunningdale.

The Tyrrell home was demolished in July of 2012.

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addie Such a beautiful house, would have been quite the property in it's day! So glad I got to see it while I did, one of my favorite spots hands down! Happy exploring folks!

Nov 07 2014  • 0 like(s)

mattgrant1 I live about a block away from it, it was demolished in June 2013

May 08 2014  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user Not a big loss in my opinion. Sure looked awesome from the exterior but such a beat interior.

Jul 05 2013  • 0 like(s)

timekeeper Damn.....glad I got in when I did! Thanks for the update oh ay pee

Jul 05 2013  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user Demolished...

Jul 05 2013  • 0 like(s)

superss Still there and wide open.

Jan 27 2013  • 0 like(s)

lone wolf yes I am sorry for that I got missinformed , was told it was demolished. So happy hunting everyone .

Nov 21 2012  • 0 like(s)

photocbear To confirm if anyone else is looking, I was here on Friday Nov 16 and it still stands.

Nov 20 2012  • 0 like(s)

Che It's still there as of November 13. I took a few photos. My first abandoned home. Loved it, even though I didn't explore as much as I would have liked too.

Nov 14 2012  • 0 like(s)

photocbear can anyone confirm if this place is indeed gone? I was thinking of shooting it on Friday since I will be in the area.

Nov 14 2012  • 0 like(s)

lone wolf Word has it this place is gone now , to bad was a nice big place to explore .

Oct 06 2012  • 0 like(s)

Finz519 I was there today. This place is going to hell really fast. Most of the windows on main floor are smashed and new holes upstairs. All the screens in the sun room are cut. That is more of a shame then it just being left to rot.

Aug 18 2012  • 0 like(s)

teddd Saw this place yesterday. Was obviously an amazing estate in it's time but it doesn't look like much maintenance or any upgrades have been done since it was built probably 70 years ago or so. You certainly don't get to view an abandoned house of this size very often.

Mar 12 2012  • 0 like(s)

lone wolf Lol now not only do we have to wory about wild animals and other dangers in abandoned places , now we have to look out for irate homless people to

Jan 24 2012  • 0 like(s)

doom vs So it seems it will be doom vs. the armed homeless guy at some point lol...I've not yet joined the ranks and masses who have visited. Riddim you're right, must be visitors every weekend since posted!

Jan 23 2012  • 0 like(s)