SH9277 : Gardener's mess at Gwrych Castle

taken 3 years ago, near to Rhyd-y-Foel, Conwy, Great Britain

Gardener's mess at Gwrych Castle
Gardener's mess at Gwrych Castle
Currently an exhibition space.
Gwrych Castle - a brief history

A Grade I listed country house in the midst of renovation.
Built between 1812 and 1822 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh in memory of his maternal ancestors, the Lloyds of Gwrych, the main building contained a suite of public and private apartments. On the ground floor were the entrance hall; billiards room; round study; library; drawing room; music room and dining room. The marble staircase, built c.1914, connected the public rooms with the private areas of the family and their staff.
During World War II, the Government used the castle to house 200 Jewish refugees run by the Jewish Zionist youth movement Bnei Akiva.
It is virtually derelict inside (October 2018).
The castle was open to the public until 1985. Thereafter, it started to decline.It was bought in 1989 by Nick Tavaglione, an American businessman, 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.
Through the intervention of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Richard Broyd Charitable Trust, the Castle was purchased by the Gwrych Preservation Trust, on behalf of the nation, in June 2018.
The trust's ambition is to restore it and the gardens back to their former glory. Work has commenced and the grounds and parts of the castle are open to the public.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 10 October, 2018   (more nearby)
Sunday, 21 October, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites  Country estates 
Primary Subject of Photo
Castle  Exhibition Centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 9296 7745 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:16.9908N 3:36.4189W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 92962 77450
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Grade I Listed  Country House 

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