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Report - Gwrych Castle, North Wales-August 2014

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by theurbanpest, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. theurbanpest

    theurbanpest 28DL Full Member
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    Gwrych Castle, North Wales

    alot of history behind this place so here goes.
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    'Gwrych Castle was erected between 1819 and 1825 at the behest of Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh.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.[1] 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.
    After Clayton Hotels was placed in administration, new developers obtained fresh planning permission in November 2012 from Conwy County Borough Council for the castle to be converted into a luxury hotel with 75 bedrooms and associated facilities.'


    According to the trust supporting gwrych castle there are plans to restore it and turn it in to a public attraction.Work has already started but very little is evident.

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  2. ZerO81

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    Some nice shots there. Its such a fascinating looking place as you head down the A55. Keep meaning to pop in myself, but never got round to it so far.
     
  3. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice pics :thumb

    Always a nice mooch this one

    Nice to see you managed some internal pics, the last poster couldn"t manage to walk through the front door for some reason :rolleyes:

    Called in the other week on the way to Llandudno, took the GF in for a relaxed mooch in the sunshine to meet the Jackdaws :)
    The atmosphere certainly changes in the dark though :D
     
  4. 1nk4

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    this looks absolutely amazing! i wish i lived nearer to wales
     
  5. nickc

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    My uncle was a caretaker here when it was in a habitable condition. Such a shame. I have to drive past the place every day.

    Hopefully one day someone will try to restore. I heard that an American purchased it with the plan to turn into a Hotel. Sadly nothing has come of it.
     
  6. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Nice pics and report that :thumb
     
  7. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Nice report. I've always fancied a visit to this one. I bet it was quite a structure in its day.
     
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