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Report - Kinmel hall September 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Lavino, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. Lavino

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    visiten lotus hall cuckoo hall or whatever it's now called. With myself @woopashoopaa @Vulex and @GK_WAX was a very nice place. Great landscape views with lots of pir cameras and sensors everywhere and a voice on repeat telling you your on cctv and classical music blaring out from inside. After finally getting in. The main hall is very nice. But my camera was on the wrong setting so pics not turned out as good as I'd hoped so here's the history and pics...
    Kinmel Hall was built 1871-76 on the same site as two previous houses to designs of the famed architect William Eden Nesfield. The house has 52 main bedrooms and quarters for 60 live-in servants. The huge house even included a room solely for ironing newspapers!
    The house was commissioned by Hugh Robert Hughes, affectionately known as “HRH” when the Kinmel Estate was passed to him following the death of his uncle William Lewis Hughes, second Lord Dinorben. The estate had only been handed down to William 8 months prior following the death of his father, William Lewis Hughes, Dinorben of Kinmel.
    The impressive Neo-palladian style stable block was added in the 1850s to designs by William Burn.
    The Hughes family remained in the home until 1929. By this time the estate was considerably smaller than when the hall was built, owing to the lavish lifestyles of the family and the extensive building programme embarked upon by HRH. The house was converted for use as a ‘rheuma spa’, a health centre to treat people with rheumatism. The house was used as a hospital during World War II.

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    good one, il get my report up when i can with some different pics ;)
     
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    Here's a video i did..

     
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    Nice one mate all the doors leading to the main part were locked or screwed up when I went
     
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    Nice photos, my new favorite place. :D
     
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    Nice pics. I stayed there 3 times. The place was in top condition back then. Had a holiday romance there as a teen (!) Some great pranks there too - will explain more later when I get time. Your pics brought it all back, so thanks.
     
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    Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did Steve :thumb
     
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    At the time it was a church/conference centre. I was staying there with my youth club friends, aged around 15/16.

    (Some of them will probably read this - as we've been talking on FB about Kinmel being in the news, though I'm not sure they know about this website.)

    I was particularly glad to see the front-on photos of the main stairs. To the left of them you'll see a red door. This is for the lift.

    Kinmel Hall was pretty packed out, people using the lift, late in the evenings, etc. So we did a regular prank.

    There were about six of us together.

    We'd get into the lift and jam it between floors by pulling the grate open. That stopped anyone summoning the lift.

    Then we'd get set up. One of us dressed up as a monk - a hideous disguise. We also had a cassette/player of wailing and a shrill voice ("I am the monk of Kinmel Hall, beware, etc ...").

    Then, when ready ... we'd close the grate.

    Before long, the lift would whir into action because someone would be calling it on the ground floor.

    Then ... just a few inches before the lift lined up fully with the ground floor, we'd pull the grate open - to jam the lift again.

    The groups of people waiting on the ground floor couldn't open the door to get in - but they could see through the window into the lift.

    By then, the light in the lift was off ... our monk was right up against the glass, his face lit up with the screaming noise at full volume.

    ... terrified faces looking back through the glass,

    This went on, night after night.

    After 30 seconds or so, we'd make the lift go back up again.

    But after a few nights, braver adults would try to catch 'the culprits' by racing up the stairs to intercept the lift at high floors. So we'd have to aim for the 4th floor (the top one) and pack up during the journey ... splitting into different directions when we got up there. Never caught.

    Scooby Do stuff I suppose. But fun at the time.

    Has anyone checked out the lift. I guess it's very dangerous by now!
     
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    I spotted a floor plan of the old place http://www.thegentry.org.uk/assets/images/hughes35.jpg

    Apparently it's from a book - "Kinmel Characters: 12th to 20th Century - A History of Kinmel Hall" by Elaine Boxhall - so I guess it's well researched, etc.

    From what I'm reading online, it looks as if the central areas are now secured off, etc?
     
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    Looks cool this mate, nice one. I like the lion :thumb
     
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    Glad you enjoyed it m8ty. Looks like you had a good time and place looks cracking
     
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