View Full Version : Gwrych Castle 11.07.10 (pic heavy)

11-07-2010, 11:12 PM
Me and Sloth* had to go to St Asaph to pick up our pooch Dylwyn after a failure in trying to rehome him, needless to say we are chuffed to have him back :thumb anyway we took him on an easy explore to Gwrych Castle as it was up the road,here is the history cheekily pinched from wiki.

Gwrych Castle is a Grade 1 listed 19th century mock castle near Abergele in Conwy county borough, North Wales.

The castle was built between 1819 and 1825 at the behest of Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, grandfather of Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald. From 1894 until 1924, when the Countess died, it was the residence of the Dundonald family. The Countess left the castle in her will to King George V and the then Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VIII). However, the gift was refused and the castle passed to the Venerable Order of Saint John. In 1928, the Earl of Dundonald purchased the castle for £78,000, selling the contents to meet the cost.

During World War II, 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.

The castle was last open to the public in 1985. Thereafter, it started to decline. It was bought in 1989 by an American businessman (Nick Tavaglione) for £750,000. However, his plans to renovate the building were not carried out. As a result, the castle was extensively looted and vandalised, becoming little more than a derelict shell, although it was used in 1996 as the backdrop for Prince Valiant, a film starring Edward Fox , Joanna Lumley and Katherine Heigl.

During the period of Tavaliogne's ownership, historian Mark Baker campaigned for the castle to be brought back to its days of glory—a campaign that he started when he was twelve years old. Baker was instrumental in forming the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, dedicated to ensuring the castle's future. The condition of the property was monitored by the Trust, who eventually forced the American owner to put it up for sale.

City Services Ltd, trading as Clayton Homes, bought the castle in January 2007 for £850,000, after it failed to reach its £1.5m reserve price at the 2 June auction. On 30 April 2007, Clayton announced a 3 year project, costing £6,000,000, to renovate the castle and convert it into a 90-bedroom 5-star hotel, creating 100 jobs. The project was subject to planning permission, but had the support of the Trust. Recently, a ghost has been photographed at the castle and even featured in The Sun newspaper.

The Gwrych Castle Trust Archive and the National Library of Wales hold important materials relating to Gwrych, including numerous original plans and various designs for the stained glass windows.

Clayton Homes was placed into Administration in August 2009, and the Castle was sold by the administrators to a new owner in early 2010 who plans to continue the project to convert the Castle into an Hotel.

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A hungover sloth* and Dylwyn :lol:
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Thanks for looking.

11-07-2010, 11:20 PM
Superb images minxy :thumb Love it :)

12-07-2010, 05:35 AM
very nice stuff indeed. :thumb

12-07-2010, 06:31 AM
Great stuff, you two :thumb
Glad Dylwyn is back where he belongs :)

12-07-2010, 07:19 AM
This place always looks very nice indeed, and I do like these pictures too. I can think of no better place to visit with a hangover, or a dog. Or both. :thumb

12-07-2010, 09:35 PM
I thought this had been converted already. Nice pics :)

12-07-2010, 09:46 PM
Must get to see this. Cool photos btw.

12-07-2010, 10:41 PM
Great collection Minxy, I think I have an original engraving from 1830 of this place. I will have to scan it.

13-07-2010, 11:58 AM
Thanks everyone,we didnt get to see the staircase so a revisit is a must plus its an ace place to walk the pooches ooo silverstealth i wouldnt mind a nose at that :thumb

28-03-2012, 06:22 PM
Brill shots. i have to visit this place