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Report - Kinmel Hall September 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by woopashoopaa, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. woopashoopaa

    woopashoopaa 28DL Regular User
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    I recently visited this place with @Lavino and @Vulex and @GK_WAX. We spent a couple of hours walking around the place and then we were in, and the place did not let us down it looked amazing :D. But when we were walking around there were PIR sensers all around it and every time you walked past one it said a message. But the funniest bit is when you walk around the front because classical music starts blurring out from inside (Almost defend me when we got to the bit it was playing at). Anyway enjoy the pics and history ;).

    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.

    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.

    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. However it was bought shortly before auction by a businessman who bid closest to the £1.5m guide price. He intended to develop the property into a hotel, but these plans never materialised, and the property lies derelict.

    Lotus Hall was identified by the Victorian Society as one of the top ten at-risk Victorian and Edwardian buildings in 2015.

    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.

    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.

    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 intended to develop the property into a hotel,[5] but these plans never materialised, and the property lies derelict.

    Kinmel Hall was identified by the Victorian Society as one of the top ten at-risk Victorian and Edwardian buildings in 2015.

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  2. WelshMoocher

    WelshMoocher Hello Dave!
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    Lovely pics mate!
     
  3. Lavino

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    Great day out was a interesting trip :thumb
     
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    Excellent pictures and write up Dylan, how cool is that music centre, thanks for posting this up :thumb
     
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    That thing was old but wasn't half loud. With some weired Mozart music playing. But fitted the building and made it a little eerie ..
     
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    Sick dylan! it wouldn't take somebody bought it long to refurbish it
     
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    WelshMoocher Hello Dave!
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    Perhaps we should all donate on here and make it into a nice exploration training centre ;)
     
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    Aha yeah wouldn't be a bad idea
     
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    Nice write up buddy. Was a good trip.
     
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    Great pics mate, the place looks great. :thumb
     
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    Thanks all for the good comments :D
     
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    Looking a bit more ropey inside.. what happened to some of the carpets!

    Good to see it again thou.
     
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    Certainly has lost it's grandeur over the last few years. Well done for cracking it though.
     
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