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Report - Brogyntyn Hall, Shropshire - May 2014

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Indecisive Moment, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Indecisive Moment

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    Visited back in May. This is a beautiful and elegant stately home in the picturesque part of Shropshire. A friend and I decided to visit this place after a brief chat with The Raw, thanks for the heads up TR. Unfortunately access had changed since his visit. We eventually found a way in thanks to the persistence and perseverance of my exploring buddy. And if it wasn't for my friends lateral thinking we would have come back home empty handed without seeing the main building.

    Even though the hall needs quite a bit of remedial work it's still in a pretty good condition. There are lots of empty rooms, apart from a few rooms with piled up mattresses and other household items. There was also a number of rooms upstairs with padlocks on.


    Brogyntyn Hall – Army military parade
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    It was a residence of members of the princely dynasty of the Welsh kingdom of Powys and one of the taî'r uchelwyr (houses of the gentry) in late medieval Wales. It subsequently came into the possession of the Ormsby-Gore family (Lord Harlech). Its English correspondent is sometimes given as Porkington. A manuscript known to have been in the possession of Brogyntyn in 1574 was a copy of the Hanes Gruf(f)udd ab Cynan. The house itself is of brick dating from circa 1730 refaced and much added to between 1813-20 by the architect Benjamin Gummow. It is noted for a portico of four giant unfluted Ionic columns with scrolls and pediment. Outside can be seen an arch with 2 pairs of unfluted Ionic columns. In the entrance hall survives an elaborately carved fireplace dated 1617.

    Brogyntyn Hall and its 1,445-acre estate, was sold by the 6[SUP]th[/SUP] and present Baron Harlech in 2001 for less than £5m to a local developer, who divided up the estate, and investigated the potential for a retirement community development in and around the Hall. However, the Hall and 234 acres went up for sale for £5m in December 2013.

    The estate includes parkland, a walled garden and former terraced gardens, a stable block, a lodge cottage and a gardener’s cottage. There is also a range of period farm buildings, a former shooting lodge, two lakes and woodland and pastureland. There is even the remains of an iron age hill fort, and a 12th century fortress, Castell Brogyntyn, and views from the estate take in four counties.

    The Harlech family moved out in the 1950s and the house was then let to British Telecom for an exchange. The basement of the mansion was used as the telecommunications headquarters during World War II for the spy network in Europe, much of the original equipment is still down there.


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    Started at the top and worked our way down . . . . :)

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    I didn't spend a huge amount of time here as I wanted to see the rest of the place before we got caught/chucked out so the images are very rushed, with bad lighting and slightly out of focus!

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    Thanks for looking :)​
     
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  2. One Flew East

    One Flew East 28DL Full Member
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    This is a peach of a place and your photos are beaut.
    I'm glad to see you managed to get inside.
    The historic first shot is a good find too, I always like seeing photos of places in their 'heyday'. What sort of condition would it have been in internally then? Would be amazing to have seen inside then.
    Top work.
     
  3. AuntieKnickers

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    Good stuff that's was on our list yesterday but crutches stopped that plan.
     
  4. The Kwan

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    That panelling, those stairs :eek: lovely shots IM :thumb
     
  5. ViralEye

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    this is very very nice and you have captured the visit perfectly.

    Thanks for sharing :thumbs
     
  6. The_Raw

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    Very nice shots there IM and that historic photo was an excellent find :thumb

    Ps. Did you sign the visitor's book? :D
     
  7. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Great images as usual IM, this place is special for sure :thumb
     
  8. catbalou

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    Beautiful place... loving that staircase and library
     
  9. bhg

    bhg In Search of Lost Time
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    Love your shots IM! Beautiful! xx
     
  10. Indecisive Moment

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    Thank you for the comments everyone, appreciated :)
     
  11. Will Knot

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    Wow, nice, very nice pics there IM, great report, thanks for sharin ':thumb
     
  12. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre The clumsiest explorer in Yorkshire!
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    Oh my days that is lovely! Can I just move in? haha

    Seriously though lovely shots, looks a beauty!
     
  13. pauln

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    Nice one. I didn't realise there was BT and comms history there too/
     
  14. Indecisive Moment

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    Thanks a lot peeps :)
     
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