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Report - Cornist Hall, Flint - October 2015

WildBoyz

Is this the future?
Regular User
#1
History

“The longer it stays in the condition it is in, the reality of the situation is the more damaged the fabric of the site will become… We have seen what happened with sites like Denbigh Hospital – they were buildings that were allowed to fall into a condition of disrepair” (Cllr Aldridge).

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.

Our Version of Events

After bombing through Wales, in our effort to conserve daylight, we eventually arrived in the town of Flint. It was a quiet scene, and we were conscious that we looked a little out of place, surrounded by local dog walkers and other country folk. So, to blend in a bit, and counter hunger and the long walk we’d created for ourselves from where we’d parked the cars, we [some of us] did a little berry picking on the way. We all survived, so I’m assuming they were edible. Once we reached the old Hall, it was heavily boarded up, so it required a little effort to get inside. As the history states above, the people in the surrounding area have become frustrated by the increasing illicit activity going on in the Hall. Having said that, they still failed to keep us out, and we were soon able to sample the delights Cornist Hall holds behind its wooden boards and ant-climb paint. For the most part, the building is quite stripped, although plenty still remains; including a working piano and an archaic record player. It would appear that bats have also taken up residence upstairs inside the building, which makes a pleasant change from fetid one-legged pigeons.

Explored with Ford Mayhem, Meek-Kune-Do, The Hurricane, Box and Husky.

1: Cornist Hall

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2: The Former Entrance

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3: Racks and Stacks

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4: Old Record Player

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5: Record Player Close Up

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6: The Piano

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7: Old Furniture

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8: Classic Fireplace

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9: The Bar Upstairs

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10: One of the Function Rooms

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11: A Small Comfortable Side Room

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12: Supplies in the Kitchen

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13: The Kitchen

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14: A Taste of the Upstairs Rooms

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15: Bottom of the Main Staircase

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16: The Clutter Downstairs

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17: Downstairs Small Bar

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18: Memorabilia

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19: The Former Dining Room

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20: Specials

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21: The Dance Room

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22: Another Bar

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23: Weighing Up the Choices

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24: Main Staircase Window

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25: A Bad Taste in Curtains and Lampshades

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26: The Main Staircase

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eventhorizon

28DL Member
28DL Member
#8
Worked their for over 15 years and have some great memories and stories about the place . It's a great building and could be great again in the right hands
 

Craigmaria2006

28DL Member
28DL Member
#10
I lived behind it attached to the kitchen less than ten years ago whe it was still open and ate there a few times as well as a few functions. A nice place and a shame to see it like that now. Great pics though
 

ObsidianLycan

Geologist, Urbexer, Geek
28DL Full Member
#12
Damn was about to do a report on this....but you guys beat me to it ;)

(BTW.....you tried to get into Red Dress again since the incident with the farmer and the bulldozer threats ;) )
 

WildBoyz

Is this the future?
Regular User
#13
Great images by the way .. I also for got to say. There are a few places hidden away that can be explored
Thanks. Great to hear that the report brought back a few memories for you. The place was pretty big and there's a lot of fresh anti-climb paint, coated all over window ledges and other bits, which is a real shame to be honest. I can imagine there are a few hidey holes here and there though at Cornist Hall.
 

WildBoyz

Is this the future?
Regular User
#14
I lived behind it attached to the kitchen less than ten years ago whe it was still open and ate there a few times as well as a few functions. A nice place and a shame to see it like that now. Great pics though
Cheers :thumb I imagine the food was nice in a place like this? I heard it was quite popular in its day.
 

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