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Belgium Castle Miranda aka Chateau De Noisy, Belgium - January 2016

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History:

The castle was built in 1866 by the English architect Edward Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family, who had left their previous home, Vêves Castle, during the French Revolution. However, Milner died before the castle was finished. Construction was completed in 1907 after the clock tower was erected.

 

Their descendants remained in occupation until World War II. A portion of the Battle of the Bulge took place on the property, and it was during that time, the castle was occupied by the Nazis.

 

In 1950, Miranda Castle was renamed "Château de Noisy" when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS/SNCB) as an orphanage and also a holiday camp for sickly children. It lasted as a children's camp until the late 1970s.

 

The castle has stood empty and completely abandoned since 1991 because the costs to maintain it were too great, and a search for investors in the property failed. Although the municipality of Celles has offered to take it over, the family has refused, and the enormous building is now in a derelict state, succumbing to decay and vandalism. Parts of the structure were heavily damaged in a fire and many areas of the ceiling are collapsing.

 

Explore:

This was the last place we visited on a mammoth weekend tour, and one i've been wanting to see for so long now. Once we'd reached it, this was such a laid back explore. I knew this place was heading downhill, but damn it's ruined inside! We bumped into about 8 other explorers here, was like a little social gathering up in the clock tower thingy! Lovely way to finish up a weekend away with some great company!

 

 

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Thanks for looking!:thumb 

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All cracking shots, but oh man that last shot in the snow looks amazing! I've always wanted to see this place in the snow.

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49 minutes ago, AndyK! said:

All cracking shots, but oh man that last shot in the snow looks amazing! I've always wanted to see this place in the snow.

Thanks mate - appreciate it!:thumb

We got really lucky - was planning to do it anyway, just happened to be covered in snow the weekend we went! :D 

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7 minutes ago, Curious George said:

Does anybody know what happened to the plans of demolishing the place? 

 

There was a news article earlier this month.....

http://www.lameuse.be/1460170/article/2016-01-07/chateau-de-noisy-le-proprietaire-a-desormais-le-droit-d-abattre-l-edifice

 

Translation:

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Bad news for fans of Noisy Castle. The information is passed completely unnoticed, but since July, the demolition permit is in the hands of the owner of the building. However, the demolition of the castle has not started yet ...

 

So, they have permission and could start demolition at any time.

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Looks quite pretty in the snow :-) 

 

Sure is looking in a sorry state these days thou, nice set of pics :-) 

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