New images show the condition of Hamilton Place in Uckfield

New drone images have provided a fresh look at a crumbling property dubbed The Sussex Haunted House.

The £40million Hamilton Place, which is larger than Buckingham Palace, has fallen into disrepair since construction work on its reconstruction began in 1985.

The Uckfield mansion is owned by multimillionaire businessman Nicholas van Hoogstraten.

One of his grand renovation plans included the gold-tipped mausoleum seen in the new pictures.

In 2002, Mr Hoogstraten was jailed for the manslaughter of business competitor Mohammed Raja, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. He was later ordered to pay Mr Raja’s family £6million.

Construction of Hamilton Palace halted shortly thereafter.

Nine years ago, Mr van Hoogstraten told The Argus that completing Hamilton Palace was not his top priority as work on his properties in Hove came first.

And it looks like Mr van Hoogstraten has other priorities as pictures show the dilapidated building surrounded by scaffolding.

The Argus: The building is surrounded by scaffoldingThe building is scaffolded (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

The building stands in stark contrast to its surroundings.

Set in the beautiful green countryside of Wealden, the mansion sticks out like a thumb.

Angry local residents have complained about the poor condition in the past.

The mansion, hidden by dense forest, is tucked away at a junction just off the A22 southbound.

Those wishing to walk to the estate won’t be able to get very far and can expect to be greeted by a gated entrance and a sign that reads “High Cross Estate, Private Property, Keep Out.”

The Argus: Hamilton Place is set in beautiful green countrysideHamilton Place is set in beautiful green countryside (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

There are also other signs warning people: “Dogs Run Free”, “Shooting In Progress” and CCTV is operational.

Six years ago, Mr van Hoogstraten lashed out at those who complained about the state of the manor, calling them ‘peasants’.

“Even the dumbest peasant would be able to see… that we were busy landscaping the palace grounds in preparation for planned works,” he said. New images show the condition of Hamilton Place in Uckfield

Fry Electronics Team

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