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Report - Gwrych Castle - Abergele - April 2013

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Idavoll, May 24, 2014.

  1. Idavoll

    Idavoll Who?
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    Another early explore which I have a lot of regret about; I was still new to exploring (still am) and was so worried about being caught or getting in trouble that I don't think I explored as much as I could or should have. If I head to north Wales again for work I will go back because it was beautiful.

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    Gwrych Castle was erected between 1819 and 1825 at the behest of Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, grandfather of Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald. From 1894 until 1924, when the Countess died, it was the residence of the Dundonald family. During World War II, the Government used the castle to house 200 Jewish refugees run by the Jewish Zionist youth movement Bnei Akiva. Following the war, the castle left the Dundonald family and was open to the public for twenty years. It was called "The Showpiece of Wales" at this time, and attracted many visitors.

    The castle was last open to the public in 1985. Thereafter, it started to decline. It was bought in 1989 by Nick Tavaglione, however, his plans to renovate the building were not carried out. As a result, the castle was extensively looted and vandalised, becoming little more than a derelict shell.

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  2. georgie

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    good to see this again
     
  3. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Always a good mooch this place :)

    Any internals ?

    I bumped into some yanks here, but they wouldn"t come into the Castle as it was starting to get dark, which when it was dark was maybe a good decision. Bloody Iffy solo here with all the Satanic stuff and creaks and groans etc lol
     
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    Any internals as in did I see anyone else there? Nope, it was deathly quiet. Met some dog walkers on my way up and some teenagers who were going to the top of the hill but didn't meet anyone inside but rather cowardly as I didn't explore the whole place due to nerves. When I entered one of the buildings (picture 7) I was trying to move silently, you know, just in case and accidentally disturbed a flock of nesting birds...yeah that rather freaked me out.
     
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    No,i meant as in any internal shots of the pretend Castle. Rooms, what"s left of the once fine staircase, satanic markings etc etc

    Plenty of Jackdaws & Crows to scare you inside roosting at dusk/night :)

    Nerves are fine, they keep you safe. Just carry some Bottom Wipes with you :D
     
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    Ah, no sadly not - that's one of the reasons I was disappointed with the visit and why I will go back. I walked in to the main part (pic 3) and through the arch but for some reason, and it could have been the birds or the fact it was so silent I could hear my heart beating, I chickened out and left at that point.

    I know I missed out, there was so much more to see and so much more to explore but this was my second time urban exploring so hopefully when I return I'll have more confidence to go further inside.
     
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    I"d take a mate with you if you can :) it"s a weird place when Solo in the Dark and made me very uneasy in the bowels of the building, which is weird cos there"s no flooring to creak or fall as it"s just a shell, so not sure why ? maybe it"s the noise of the Crows/ Jackdaws aka Horror Movies ? apart from the Ghost and Satanists obviously lol

    To be fair there"s not a great deal to see inside and was very dark last time i was there with the window frames all boarded up. It"s more about what"s left of the staircase and trying to get the light right for hitting it, and a decent wide angle lens for the room shots,and then climb up onto a tower :)

    Back up on the top i was ok. Once i get enough space to run away i always feel better :)

    Still no development work going on for the alleged 5 star Hotel then, surprise surprise :rolleyes:

    At least it"s not a ordeal to get in :)
     
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    Paid a visit to this site today. Climbed the hill behind the castle and found a gap in security fence to gain access. I spent a good hour walking around the buildings and grounds. As people have already mentioned it did have a certain eyry feel to it, enhanced by the crows adorning every possible ledge.

    The place must of been quite something in its hey day. Sadly heavily looted now and the lower cellars are now quite waterlogged. I exited via the front through basement areas quite easy to enter and exit.

    I have quite a few photos to post but as I'm new here I need to figure out the best way to post them.

    Well worth a visit if you are near by.
     
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    It"s heyday wasn"t that long ago ironically :)

    It"s got the biggest waste of Arris Fencing i"ve seen for a while except Denbigh of course, sort of Cosmetic appearance really, when you can just walk in:)

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    A fantastic site, definately a must for any locals in the area.
     
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    For a folly that's still a grand looking place :)
     
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    We used to live about 20 miles away and went there a couple of times, up on the hill there's a watchtower that belongs to it and further down the hill there are some pretty cool limestone caves.
     
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    i lived here in 1995 with the travellers.. they destroyed it further but then the film Prince Valiant was due to be filmed at some point.. i have pics from 95 i need to find them and scan them in.. have pics of staircase without marble and some stained glass before it was smashed.. im so pleased to have seen these pics, the castle / folly looks very sad these days.. have you visited the folly/ hunting lodge further up the hills? it seemed very sinister here to me. we had a greyhound leap to her death from a top window and some odd stuff crack off. it was magic mushroom season part of the time we were there so that could account for some of the weirdness but not all of it!
     
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