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Report - Cornist Hall, Flint - November 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by BrainL, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
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    The Explore
    This is one I've seen pop up a few times lately so thought I'd check it myself.. as a few have mentioned access isn't the easiest and whoever owns this building seems to have a fetish for anti-vandal paint.. its everywhere, inside and out! After all this I was a little disappointed with the inside of this building sadly.. peoples pics on the forum certainly make it look better than it actually is :)

    Fun and games with a mirror ball and a few torches certainly cheered us up though :)


    The History
    Cornist Hall, built sometime in the early 1700s, is a former luxury mansion located in the town of Flint, Wales. It is a Jacobethan style brick and stone structure; although this term was not coined until 1933, and it was the birthplace of Thomas Totty, an admiral who served on the HMS Invincible and alongside Lord Nelson. The town of Flint itself, which derives its name from the Latin term castellum super fluentum (meaning ‘castle on the river’), was a major port and since the 1200s people have inhabited the area for the convenient shape of the land. In later years Flint became well-know for its close proximity to Liverpool, for naval and trade purposes; their main forms of trade principally involved fish and the slave markets. By 1884, the house was purchased by the industrialist, Richard Muspratt, and he commissioned John Douglas, an architect from Chester, to entirely remodel the mansion throughout. Unfortunately, Muspratt died before the house could be altered. The Summers family, who ran an ironworks business; John Summers and Sons in Shotton, were the next to take the house on, and they managed to proceed with making the much needed alterations to the building. By 1953, however, the ownership of the mansion changed hands once again, when it was passed to the Local Authority. After the Local Authority assumed ownership the building was modified internally for catering purposes.

    The Hall remained in the ownership of the Local Authority up until 1986, when the Napier family purchased the property. It was later redeveloped into a wedding and banqueting venue. Although it was a popular scene, the Hall was eventually converted into the local golf club’s club-house. Despite the change of hands, Cornist Hall continued to cater for weddings up until its closure in 2012. Since its closure, Flint’s local community have petitioned to save the building, in the hope that it will gain listed status and fall under the ownership of the local populace. In the past few years, since the closure of Cornist Hall, a number of local people have complained about the increase in anti-social behaviour and vandalism, suggesting that the former mansion is a magnet for such activities.

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  2. Vulex

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    Looks so different in the day light. I ruined my coat getting into here the other week. Nice report. :)
     
  3. BrainL

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    Anti vandal paint by any chance? I think the owners must have shares in a anti vandal paint company. I've never seen so much of the stuff all over the place :)
     
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    Vulex 28DL Regular User
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    Nah, I brought a towel. It was raining and lets just say it was muddy at the top. lol
     
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