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Report - Kinmel Hall (Sept 15)

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Vulex, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. Vulex

    Vulex 28DL Regular User
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    Kinmel Hall has been in the press a bit recently, so when a trip came up I gladly came along as I wanted to see it before it got wrecked...
    So thanks @Lavino @woopashoopaa and @GK_WAX for the trip.

    It was a bit of a trek from where I live and once we were there it was a long walk. Kinmel Hall is situated in a beautiful part of Wales so that was a bonus too.
    This place is really locked up tight, it was hard to get in and after maybe a hour or so we found our entry. There was loud music playing too, which was very unnerving at first, but the classical music added a nice mood to the trip.
    There are a lot of cameras and motion detectors and you are read a message over and over again once they sense you.

    History (from Wiki)
    Kinmel Hall is a mansion near the village of St. George, close to the coastal town of Abergele, in Conwy county borough, Wales.

    The present chateau style house, the third on the site, was designed by W. E. Nesfield in the 1870s, and the adjoining Venetian Gardens were designed by his father, W. A. Nesfield. The adjoining Neo-palladian style stable block is attributed to William Burn, with construction completed in the 1850s. Materials for construction were bought from the nearby Lleweni Hall.

    The house is set in walled gardens of around 18 acres (73,000 m2), which are themselves set in grounds of around 5,000 acres (20 km2), encompassing open fields, parkland and forests.[citation needed] The 1870s structure is an example of the myriad of new types of buildings that were arising during the Victorian era to fulfil increasingly specialised functions. For example, there was a room in the mansion that was only to be used for the ironing of newspapers, so that the ink would not come off on the reader's hands.[1]

    Ownership of the house has been dominated by the Hughes, Lewis and Fetherstonhaugh and Gill families. There are many heraldic shields displayed throughout the house which show evidence of the unions between these families. The property was last used as a private home in 1929, after which it was converted to a 'rheuma spa', a health centre for the treatment of people with rheumatism, by Mrs Florence Lindley, formerly headmistress of Lowther College, at the nearby Bodelwyddan Castle. The spa remained until the outbreak of World War II, when the hall was taken over as a hospital.[2]

    Post-war the hall became Clarendon Girls' School, but after extensive fire damage in 1975, the school was forced to close. Restored by businessman Eddie Vince as a Christian conference centre, it was sold at auction in 2001, but a proposed redevelopment by Derbyshire Investments failed to materialise.

    The property was to be offered for sale by auction on 12 October 2011 with a reserve price of £1.5million which did not include the 5,000 acres of surrounding land.[3] However it was bought shortly before auction by a businessman who bid closest to the £1.5m guide price.[4] He intends to develop the property into a hotel.[5]

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  2. woopashoopaa

    woopashoopaa 28DL Regular User
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    Very nice pics Vulex :thumb
     
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  3. Vulex

    Vulex 28DL Regular User
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    @woopashoopaa Cheers buddy, nice profile pic. Ive seen that place before ;)
     
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    How open is it? Any night security?
     
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    Was a good explore this one!:thumb
     
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    Great report and thanks again for a exellent day out lads :thumb
     
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    Always wanted to visit here but I'm put off by the security. What does the message say?

    Nice pictures. That staircase attracts a lot of attention.
     
  8. Vulex

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    @belbz It said something about keeping my image I think. It was a very posh voice.
     
  9. Bolts

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    Looks like a good explore, nice work
     
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    I have just got back from there.. This place is securitied up to the hilt, we got approached by 3 not very nice gents escorting us back to the main road.. Can't believe I travelled 3 hours to get there.. Pissed off is an understatement!
     
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    It's the way it works sometimes, there are no guarantees you will get in to the places you visit. You win some you lose some!
     
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    Splendid report and smart pics....looks like you had a great time :thumb
     
  13. Vulex

    Vulex 28DL Regular User
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    I appretiate that @Will Knot. They're defiantly an improvement from my first few reports.
     
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