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Gwrych Castle, North Wales. August 2013

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by John Favager, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. John Favager

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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. The Countess left the castle in her will to King George V and the then Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VIII). However, the gift was refused and the castle passed to the Venerable Order of Saint John. In 1928, Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald, purchased the castle for £78,000, selling the contents to meet the cost.
    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. It was also used as a training venue for the English World Middleweight boxing champion Randolph Turpin in the early 1950s. In the early 60s it was an occasional venue for the famous motorcycle Dragon Rally and in the 70s it was used as a centre for medieval re-enactments, attracting tourists with such events as jousting and mock banquets.
    The castle was last open to the public in 1985. Thereafter, it started to decline. It was bought in 1989 by Nick Tavaglione, an American businessman, for £750,000. 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, although it was used in 1996 as the backdrop for Prince Valiant, a film starring Edward Fox, Joanna Lumley and Katherine Heigl.

    These shots were taken over two visits last August.


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  2. georgie

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    Thanks for sharin

    Nice little wander this

    Just a little note

    If you copy and paste from wiki take time out to remove the number between the sentences
     
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    Always a nice view as you drive into North Wales :)

    It"s a pity after 2 visits ? you didn"t actually manage to get inside the Castle for some pics as it"s not exactly Fort Knox :)
     
  4. John Favager

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    It"s a pity after 2 visits ? you didn"t actually manage to get inside the Castle for some pics as it"s not exactly Fort Knox :)[/QUOTE]
    Five of these shots were taken inside. I have many more also but there isn't a lot left to shoot and it's seriously overgrown! I found Baron Hill Mansion and Willington Hall to be the same...
     
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    Probably worded incorrectly after a busy day , maybe :)

    It"s usually the classic main staircase shots and obviously the other room internal shots that get posted, which obviously you have not posted. There"s inside the outer walls & inside the castle hence my original ? looking at them on the PC i can see them better now, but most still look they"re from the inner wall areas rather than the centre ? obviously my mistake :)

    TBH some of the shot"s could be from anywhere really, after 4 visits here i still wouldn"t recognise half of them

    Some people seem to have had issues accessing the centre section for some reason :rolleyes:

    No worries ;)
     
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