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Report - Hendrefoilan House - Jan 16

robbohkd

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This has got to be my favourite mission so far!
I spent my first year in university just down the road from this site.
Having been browsing the listed buildings at risk list my curiosity was aroused so me and my pal decided to check it out.
The site itself is pretty secluded and the only person we saw was a dog walker in the gardens whilst we were upstairs.
The building itself is on pretty tight lockdown with all the lower windows boarded up. On a last ditch circle of the building a sly dirty access was spotted and in we went.
Upon getting to the ground floor we spotted the lights were on and what seemed to be sensors for an alarm system. This raised the paranoia about security etc. so we got ourselves around the building as quickly as we could.
Inside the place has been stripped of pretty much all of its contents with very little remaining other than the fixtures and the kitchen.

Anyway enough from me.

A little History

If it wasn’t for sex discrimination, Hendrefoilan House might have avoided its present purgatory. Commissioned by Welsh industrialist and MP Lewis Llewellyn Dillwyn, Hendrefoilan House was built in 1853 by William B Colling on the site of a medieval farmhouse of the same name. When Dillwyn died, his talented novelist daughter was not allowed to inherit; the house went to his nephew and thence to a series of private owners.

The Grade II* Hendrefoilan House was taken over by the university in the 1960s. It has been used for accommodation and teaching, and latterly for nothing at all. Water floods down the outside walls, leading to damp on the inside. Lead thefts indicate that criminals are aware of it.

We urge the owner, Swansea University, to repair this impressive building and keep it safe until its future is secure. An institution devoted to learning should have more respect for a building symbolic of Wales’s industrial history and culture. (Hendrefoilan House, Sketty, Swansea - The Victorian Society)

Enjoy the snaps
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Thanks for looking
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