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.
This has popped up a few times over the last few years and amazingly nothing much has changed since the last report in 2016. I failed here a couple of years back so it was time for round 2 with @Andy& @Miss.Anthrope. We don't take Ls baby! Renovation work appears to be taking place so there are definitely people working here during the week. The ground floor is where all the good stuff is at. Upstairs everything is pretty much stripped and empty. Anyway, I'm glad to have finally made it in here. Definitely one of the best mansions in the UK.
Cheers for looking
Not a lot about this place, I believe the bowling part shut down in 2009 and then the crystal maze part shut down in 2010. Oakwood own this place and have no plans for it besides letting it rot away. Whoever is trying to look after this place is attempting to keep people out. Heard about this place from a different site, easy to find, such a pain in the arse to get into as there's a very tight gap to try and squeeze through..
Thee maze is bigger than first thought, only uploaded a few pictures of that.
Visited with The Kwan on a rainy Saturday, some lovely bits left in the area and we missed quite a bit so theres always an excuse for a return visit.
The name Ratgoed derives from “Yr Allt Goed”, which means the steep, wooded hillside. Ratgoed mine was also sometimes known as “Alltgoed”. The Ratgoed slate workings lie at the head of what was originally called Cwm Ceiswyr but became known as Cwm Ratgoed because of the quarry. It lies north of Aberllefenni and northwest of Corris in, what is now, the Dyfi Forest.
The slate that was quarried at Ratgoed was the Narrow Vein. This runs from south of Tywyn, on the coast, to Dinas Mawddwy about 18 miles inland and follows the line of the Bala Fault. The Narrow Vein was worked along its length at places such as Bryneglwys near Abergynolwyn; Gaewern & Braich Goch at Corris, Foel Grochan at Aberllefenni and Minllyn at Dinas Mawddwy. The slate at Ratgoed dips at 70° to the southeast, the same as Foel Grochan.
Ratgoed was a relatively small working, it was worked from around 1840 until its closure in 1946.
Thanks for looking
Here's a little selection of some of the more random, less-obvious shots from 10 years of exploring asylums.
One shot each from most of the ones I've visited.
Thought I'd try and avoid the obvious shots a little.
(Nottinghamshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
(West Lothian District Asylum, opened in 1906)
Main administration block
(2nd Bristol Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1938)
(Charitable public asylum, opened in 1713)
(4th incarnation of "Bedlam" (founded in 1247), initially for private middle-class patients, opened in 1930)
Admin block staircase
(3rd Surrey County Asylum, opened in 1883)
(Leicestershire & Rutland County Asylum, opened in 1904)
(Swansea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1932)
South-eastern view of ward block and water tower
(aka Friern, 2nd Middlesex County Asylum, later 2nd London County Asylum, opened in 1851)
Admin block tower
(aka North Wales Asylum, opened in 1848)
View from ward block window towards admin block clock tower
(Three Counties Asylum (for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Huntingdonshire), opened in 1860)
South east view of main block
(Berkshire County Asylum, opened in 1870)
South-east view of main block
(Cambridgeshire & Ely County Asylum, opened in 1858)
Main elevation (admin block in centre)
(Glasgow District Asylum, opened in 1896)
View from dormitory window
(Bristol Borough Asylum, opened in 1861)
(West Ham Borough Asylum, opened in 1901)
Gallery with cell doors
(Middlesex County Asylum, later first London County Asylum, opened in 1831)
Main corridor in female wing
(Middlesex Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1934)
(Lanarkshire District Asylum, opened in 1895)
Jump-proof fire escape
(former Norwich Union Workhouse, converted into 2nd Norfolk County Mental Hospital, opened in 1927)
(East Sussex County Asylum, opened in 1903)
Corridor network (with random portable bathtub)
(Glamorganshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
(3rd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1888)
(8th London County Asylum, opened in 1902)
(Charitable Public Asylum, opened in 1820)
View from eastern wing
(Dunbartonshire Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1937)
Admin block coaching entrance
(Kent Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1936)
(Norfolk Mental Defective Colony, opened in 1930)
Discarded training material
(Nottingham Borough Asylum, opened in 1880)
(2nd West Riding County Asylum, opened in 1872)
(Middlesex County Asylum, opened in 1905)
Recreation hall (left) and ward block (right), with water tower in background
(Monmouthshire County Asylum, opened in 1851)
(Overspill annexe to North Wales Mental Hospital, opened in 1937)
(Kesteven County Asylum, opened in 1902)
(East Lothian & Peebles District Asylum, opened in 1874)
(East Ham & Southend-on-Sea Borough Mental Hospital, opened in 1937)
(2nd Essex County Asylum, opened in 1913)
Gallery with cell doors
(Norfolk County Asylum, opened in 1814)
(Connaught District Asylum, opened in 1833)
(Newport Borough Asylum, opened in 1906)
Window in day-room.
(Ipswich Borough Asylum, opened in 1870)
"Quiet room" in medium-secure annexe
(Northamptonshire County Asylum, opened in 1876)
Staircase in Superintendent's residence
(Joint Counties Asylum for Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire & Cardiganshire, opened 1865)
Observation room in annexe
(Northumberland County Asylum, opened in 1859)
(Lincolnshire County Asylum, opened in 1852)
Admin block main reception
(Gateshead Borough Asylum, opened in 1914)
(The City Of London Asylum, opened in 1866)
Strathmartin (aka Balvodan)
(Charitable Public Idiot Asylum, opened in 1855)
Eastern side of main building
(Montrose District Asylum, opened in 1858)
Congregation area outside recreation hall
(Joint Breconshire and Radnorshire County Asylum, aka Mid-Wales Asylum, opened in 1903)
View from ward window
(Leicester Borough Asylum, opened in 1869)
Main corridor in ward section of eastern block
(11th London County Asylum, opened in 1915 as Canadian War Hospital, reopened in 1923 as mental hospital)
Geriatric ward day room
(4th Lancashire County Asylum, opened in 1873)
Entrance into ward block from corridor network