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UK Kinmel Hall / Cuckoo Manor Hall, Wales (05/2018)

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The first attempt to visit it was exactly three years ago. However, I didn't feel very well at this time, so I went back to the car after half the way. Not a bad decision, because The_Raw and the others failed then.

Now the second attempt, this time with more luck. :)  A really great and impressive building!  Visited with @The_Raw & @Miss.Anthrope.

 

History (taken from The_Raw)

The present chateau style house, the third on the site, was built for the Hughes copper mining family. The house, designed in the 1870s, was called a 'calendar house' as it had 365 rooms. It is set in walled gardens of around 18 acres, which are themselves set in grounds of around 5,000 acres, encompassing open fields, parkland and forests.  The 1870s structure is an example of the myriad of new types of buildings that were arising during the Victorian era to fulfil increasingly specialised functions. For example, there was a room in the mansion that was only to be used for the ironing of newspapers, so that the ink would not come off on the reader's hands.

 

The property was last used as a private home in 1929, after which it was converted to a 'rheuma spa', a health centre for the treatment of people with rheumatism. The spa remained until the outbreak of World War II, when the hall was taken over as a hospital. Post-war the hall became Clarendon Girls' School, but after extensive fire damage in 1975, the school was forced to close. Restored by businessman Eddie Vince as a Christian conference centre, it was sold at auction in 2001, but a proposed redevelopment by Derbyshire Investments failed to materialise. The property was to be offered for sale by auction on 12 October 2011 with a reserve price of £1.5million which did not include the 5,000 acres of surrounding land. However it was bought shortly before auction by a businessman who bid closest to the £1.5m guide price. He intended to develop the property into a hotel, but these plans never materialised, and the property lies derelict. In 2015 Kinmel Hall was identified by the Victorian Society as one of the top ten at-risk Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

 

 

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Getting pretty decayed in there now. Nice pics, and nice nice to see a bit more of the gardens too.

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Looks like it has definitely had a good tidy up and a bit of groundskeeping :). Spent a looooong time failing here in 2014 with @Session9 and frustratingly never made it back since. Realised I could fit through one of the missing window panes on the bit to the left to annoyingly find it sealed up internally. Hope Geoff has a picture somewhere :D 

 

Great report and pictures there @Andy :thumb 

 

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Such a beautiful ornate building :) love the garden the fountain is gorgeous :)  your photos are stunning 

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2 hours ago, The_Raw said:

Glad we finally made it in here! 

 

Me too. It was a great trip, thanks for that to you and @Miss.Anthrope! :) 

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Im pretty sure Im not alone with sharing failures of this place but really nice to see it pop up again. I love 13 Andy and those mosaic tiles. Wonder what's happening with it now. :thumb 

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