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Report - Soldiers Point / Castle Hotel, Holyhead - 27.12.08

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by batman, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. batman

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    Visited with Romperwoman last week. We've had an eye on this place for a while, first time we've been able to get in. One of those explores where the outside turns out to be more interesting than the inside...

    I've not managed to find much out about the building itself, although it is believed to have been built by/for the Engineer in charge of constructing the nearby breakwater (circa 1870's?). I think it's the longest in the UK at 1.5 miles. The building was used as a hotel in the 1960's (Castle Hotel). I would guess it stayed open in some form until the 80's judging by the decor and fittings that remained.

    Pretty trashed inside, even though doors and windows have been bricked up - the local chavs obviously wasted no time in breaking through that though. :mad: The building is very prominent, overlooking Holyhead town. It's not beyond repair, and it's a real shame the place is being left to rot. Doubt it will be long before the whole place is torched.

    The impressive frontage:
    1_front.jpg

    2_front2.jpg

    Castle style walls and turrets around the outside:
    3_side1.jpg

    4_side2.jpg

    5_turret.jpg

    Inner courtyard/conservatory:
    6_courtyard.jpg

    The drawing room:
    7_drawing_room.jpg

    The dining/ball room:
    8_dining_room.jpg

    11_doorway.jpg

    10_lampshades.jpg

    Front door & hallway (with bars over the door):
    9_front_door.jpg

    Remains of the bar (severely fire damaged):
    12_bar_remains.jpg

    Upstairs landing:
    16_landing_2.jpg

    15_stained_windows.jpg

    View through an upstairs conservatory to a roof turret:
    14_roof_turret.jpg

    In intact mirror!:
    17_mirror.jpg

    This bathroom needed more than a spring clean:
    18_bathtub.jpg

    A random saw:
    19_saw.jpg

    Find of the exploration - a Betamax video tape:
    20_betamax.jpg

    This is what the place should look like (c.1900):
    soldiers_point_600.jpg


    We also had a quick look around Porth-y-felin House (next door) which we originally explored a couple of years ago. It was pretty trashed then, now more fire damage looks to have taken the place beyond repair. Didn't even bother going inside as all that remained of the floors was ash.

    21_porth_y_felin1.jpg

    22_porth_y_felin2.jpg

    These buildings should be a focal point of Holyhead, but instead they show just how run down the whole town is. :(
     

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