Inside First World War hero’s burned-out £1.3m mansion left to ruin and vandalism

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Fyves Court in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, is now a burned-out shell in comparison to its glory days but still contains many items from a string of previous owners used to a lavish lifestyle

The burned-out property of prestigious war hero Cecil Knox in Warwickshire
The burned-out property of prestigious war hero Cecil Knox in Warwickshire

Urban explorers have offered a peek inside the million-pound mansion that once belonged to a decorated soldier that caught fire earlier this year and features a number of curious artefacts.

Fyves Court in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, is now a burned-out shell in comparison to its glory days but still contains many items from a string of previous owners, the Daily Star reports.

A charred pool table can be seen in one of the rooms as it is surrounded by the collapsed rubble from the fire and graffiti on the wall.

In the basement, there are piles of mystery video and cassette tapes stacked up on a desk.

Comments on the post made by Venturing Off Limits say the videos could be classic Bollywood movies but the cassettes remain a complete mystery.

A charred pool table can be seen in one of the rooms as it is surrounded by the collapsed rubble from the fire
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A storage room contains huge empty wine racks as high as the ceiling, which still look like they are waiting to be filled with bottles.

However, not all of the house is in good condition – just looking from the outside, huge areas of the roof are missing from where it has collapsed in the fire.

Inside the rooms underneath, the floor is covered in broken glass from the broken windows and charred wood.

Urban explorer fans were saddened by the sight as a piece of history has been destroyed by the reckless vandals.

Urban explorer fans were saddened by the sight as a piece of history has been destroyed by the reckless vandals
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The home was built in 1931 by its owner Cecil Knox, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for an outstanding act of bravery in the First World War in 1918.

In 1940 he commanded the Nuneaton Company of the Home Guard before becoming a father to his only child in 1941.

Two years later he was killed when he reportedly lost control of a motorbike on ice at Tuttle Hill. He was buried at Gilroes Cemetery, in Leicester.

The whereabouts of his Victoria Cross are not known, but two local streets bear his name – Cecil Leonard Knox Crescent, at Bramcote Barracks, and Knox Crescent, on the St Nicolas Park estate.

The property had an estimated value of £1,333,000 before the fire damage
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Following his death, it had a number of owners before becoming derelict.

The most recent owners were in the process of renovating the property after it had become derelict and fell into a state of disrepair when a blaze broke out in what was suspected to be arson.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) told CoventryLive that they received multiple 999 calls to report the fire at the huge empty home on June 12.

The property had an estimated value of £1,333,000 before the fire damage.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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