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Report - Hafodunos Hall, North Wales - February 2016

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Lorraine, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. Lorraine

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    'Hafodunos is a Venetian-inspired Gothic style house, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott between 1861 and 1866 for Henry Robertson Sandbach. The new house was built to replace a much older hall which had been built in 1674. The site had been occupied since at least 1530 but the remains of both previous houses are untraceable. The Sandbach family sold the house in the early 1930s but still farm part of the estate.

    The hall was requisitioned in the early 1940s by the Dinorben School for Girls (Wallington in London), allowing its pupils to escape the effects of World War II. The school closed in 1969 and then became an accountancy college in the 1970s. After the school shut down, Hafodunos Hall was converted into a residential home for the elderly. This saw the addition of a lift to the main corridor in the house. The residential home shut down in 1993 for failing to meet required standards and no suitable long term use was found.

    On the night of 13 October 2004, Hafodunos Hall was the subject of a devastating fire which gutted the main block of the house. The property was eventually sold in January 2010 for £390,000, with the new owners expressing a desire to restore the hall for use as a single dwelling. '

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    Back in early February XTheRoseRedx and myself were staying in North Wales for the week and decided to take a look to see what sites we could visit and found that Hafodunos wasn't too far of a trek. After parking in the nearby village we took a stroll and ended up possibly taking the most difficult route possible to get here.

    Although there are houses very nearby, we didn't see anyone and there was no sign of security except for a van at the front gate.


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    It's a shame to see such a beautiful building in such a terrible state, but was a very enjoyable explore.

    (Other photos and full size photos on my Flickr)​
    #1 Lorraine, Mar 9, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
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