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Report - Gwrych Castle - N.Wales - June 15

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by ledgehammer, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    Local history claims that the first castle at Gwrych was built by the Normans in the 12th century. It was seized by the Welsh prince Rhys ap Gruffydd (the Lord Rhys) of Deheubarth in about 1170 who then rebuilt the timber castle in stone. This castle was later destroyed by Cromwell's army following the English Civil War of the mid-17th century.

    The later castle at Gwrych was begun in 1819. The castle is a Grade 1 listed building set in a wooded hillside over looking the Irish Sea. It was the first Gothic folly to be built in Europe by a wealthy industrialist Lloyd Hesketh. Bamford Hesketh, his son, inherited the title of Gwrych in his early 20s and used his vast fortune to build the 4,000-acre Gwrych Castle Estate.

    The castle once had a total of 128 rooms including the outbuildings, including twenty-eight bedrooms, an outer hall, an inner hall, two smoke rooms, a dining room, a drawing room, a billiards room, an oak study, and a range of accommodations for servants. There are nineteen embattled towers and the whole facade is over 2000 yards. Many feel the castle's outstanding feature was the castle's 52-step marble staircase.

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    Site 1 on the State Of Decay North Wales Tour. Opposite the castle is an old iron age fort with "bat - cave" nearby, we camped up here with amazing views of the Abergele coast, and the castle itself.

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    The castle itself is finally going through a restoration, but upon walking around the site, its mad that it hasn't been opened up before now.

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    the renovations seem to be taking place in the woodland currently with little effect on the main structures.

    no vid for this one
     
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  2. WildBoyz

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    Always fancied seeing this one. Love a good castle. Nice report and snaps :thumb
     
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    cheers man, Its really easy to do :-)
     
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    Nicely shot mate especially considering the abuse it's had from some posters lol

    The alleged restoration has been going on for years with many projected developments from 5 star Hotels etc etc. But going off the state of the place it'll need deep pockets . Last I heard it was owned by an American concern.
     
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    looked like they cleared a few trees and put a door in lol,

    there was some tree surgeon practice going on, but not a lot more ;-)
     
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    I met Mark Baker a couple of times who was at the time leading to save this fine place.
    He wrote a few books all about it and the area. Quite a dedicated chap who seemed passionate about the restoration but it looks like he never got the backing which is a pity.
    It really needs to be saved.
     
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    Nice report there mate, you got some lovely shots too :thumb
     
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    Beautifully captured, looks lovely :thumb
     
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    Has there been any work done on the main building? Are there any security fences up? And whats the easiest way to get there. Im fairly familiar with the area.
     
  10. ledgehammer

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    No to the main building, you could try it from the hillfort like we did, but you probably know that if you are familiar with the area, its not generally a good idea to post access details on a forum - even for a site like this, but the grounds are popular with dog walkers - its a nice area :-)
     
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