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Report - Gwrych Castle, Abergele, Januray 2012

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Contour, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Contour

    Contour 28DL Full Member
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    Greetings all,

    Having read that Gwyrch Castle was soon to be transformed into a luxury hotel, I felt that a visit was necessary before the builders moved in. After a two mile hike from the train station up into the hills, I managed to lose myself in a dense copse of woodland, resulting in steep scrambles up frozen gulleys and frequent leaps across streams. Eventually I stumbled onto the footpath and followed it towards the castle. It had a panoramic view over the north coast of Wales, easily visible from the A55 due to its vast size. Access was surprisingly easy with no sign of security, although I didn’t blame them for not loitering around in the freezing snow.

    A bit of history, thanks to Wikipedia and the BBC. Gwrych Castle was built between 1812 and 1822 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh as a memorial to his mother’s ancestors, the Lloyds of Gwrych. The castle had been continuously used by various Counts and Royals for over 1o0 years. During the Second World War, the Government used the castle to house 200 Jewish refugees. Following the war, the castle left the Dundonald family and was open to the public for twenty years. It was called The Showpiece of Wales at this time, and attracted many visitors. It was also used as a training venue for the English World Middleweight boxing champion Randy Turpin in the early 1950s. In the early 60s it was an occasional venue for the famous motorcycle dragon rally and in the 70s it was used as a centre for medieval re-enactments, attracting tourists with such events as jousting and mock banquets. Planning has recently been accepted to turn the castle into a multi-million pound luxury hotel complex.

    Overall it was an enjoyable explore thanks to the impressive size of the site.

    Now, on with the pictures...


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    Lunch with a view
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    Cheers for looking,
    Contour

     

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