The terrifying past of Cate Blanchett's English mansion revealed: the actress' house was once a dirty pagan drug cave painted with witch symbols
Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton sprayed a cool $ 6.25 million on a lavish English mansion called Highwell House in 2016.
But the glamor of Cate's sprawling estate hides a terrifying story that she would probably rather forget.
Formerly known as Potters Manor or Steep Park, the Victorian mansion was once a dirty drug cave frequented by criminals, pagans and drifters.
The terrifying past of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton's English mansion is revealed: the couple on the A-list lives in a mansion that was once a dirty pagan drug cave painted with witch symbols
English Charm: Cate and Andrew (pictured) sprayed a cool $ 6.25 million on their lavish English mansion called Highwell House in 2016
It was originally built in 1890, but fell into disrepair in the early 2000s before it was finally renovated in 2015.
Instagram pictures before the renovation show the property as a dilapidated, squat house with rubble, broken furniture, broken glass and drug paraphernalia.
Pentagram symbols, often used in Wiccan and pagan ceremonies, were drawn on the floor while the word "liar" was sprayed on a wall in large black letters.
Glamorous: After extensive renovation work, the palace house was restored to its original splendor (photo 2016).
Dilapidated: It was originally built in 1890, but fell into disrepair in the early 2000s. (Photo 2012)
Weird: Pentagram symbols, which are often used in Wicca ceremonies, were drawn on the floor
Terrifying: The word "liar" was sprayed on a wall in large black letters
Crumbling walls with torn wallpaper served as a haunting backdrop for rooms that had been ransacked for a long time, while crumpled documents were uncanny memories of former residents.
Many locals even believed that the house was haunted, and some claimed to have photographed ghosts within its walls.
In 2015, The Sun named the mansion the UK's 13th scariest abandoned house.
Haunted: Many locals even believed the house was haunted, and some claimed to have photographed ghosts on its walls
Creepy: Crumbling walls with torn wallpaper served as an haunting backdrop for rooms that had been searched by looters for a long time
Remains: Crumpled documents were eerie memories of former residents
Before Cate and her family moved in, the mansion belonged to a wealthy couple named Mr and Mrs Walford.
Mr. Walford died in 2001 while his wife moved to a geriatric care facility two years later. The property was abandoned for a decade before it was renovated and put on the market.
"We are just happy that the place has been occupied for years now because it has fallen into disrepair and we have all kinds of people up there, drugs," a local told The Daily Telegraph when asked how they feel when Cate and her family move to the Highwell House.
"They were burglars who took their prey there and eventually divided them up in the old barn," they said.
Renovated: The Highwell House was extensively renovated in 2015, a year before Cate bought the property (2016 picture).
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