A Secret Ballroom Built In The 1800s Lies Under A Lake, Guarded By Neptune

December 8, 2014

A giant statue of Neptune sits atop an underwater dome enclosing a secret room under the lake of [location removed at current owner's request due to recent break-ins] in England.

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The entire estate was drenched in opulence and extravagance. It was built in the late 1800s by Whitaker Wright, a shady businessman who was convicted of fraud after many years of floating bad loans and swindling investors. In 1904, he took his own life via cyanide pill on the day of his sentencing.

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The stairway.

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A long hallway connects the dome to the entrance, here lit by long exposure.

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Entering the ballroom.

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Inside the underwater ballroom.

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The roof of the ballroom is paned in translucent glass to let light filter through from the water above.

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secret underwater ballroom
Credit: Skeleton Key / Oblivion State

secret underwater ballroom
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How the statue looks from the shore of the lake.

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Credit: Skeleton Key / Oblivion State

No one dances here any more.

The underwater ballroom - now owned by entrepreneur Gary Steele - lies empty. Only the fish remain, forever circling the stately pleasure dome of an infamous swindler.

Learn more about Whitaker Wright and this estate on DailyMail.

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