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Britain's Forgotten Relics: Book Reveals Over 250 Breathtaking Hidden Wonders From Abandoned Castles to Crumbling Follies That a

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Sometimes we are so quick to explore the wonders found in foreign countries, that we overlook the hidden, forgotten relics that lie right on our doorstep.


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Pamela A (48)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 1:09 am

Animae C (508)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 3:26 am
This is our itinerary isn't it : )

Gwrych Castle in Conwy such awe inspiring beauty!!!!!!!!!
This is the one you drive past isn't it?!?!?

Found Wild Ruins by David Hamilton at the Book Depository
It's on my wish list!

And of course bookmarked for future dribbling!!

Scooby S (95)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 3:41 am
Yes AniMaeChi, I drive past that Castle every day, it's on the mountain and I can't stop staring at it.
There is no turning off by it, so I don't know how to get to it. If I had a postal code, my sat nav could get me there, lol. I will try and find it on my day off, it is half a mile long, with marble floors and staircases. I will need a whole day to find it and explore it.
Local history claims that the first castle at Gwrych was built by the Normans in the 12th century. It was seized by the Welsh prince Rhys ap Gruffydd (the Lord Rhys) of Deheubarth in about 1170 who then rebuilt the timber castle in stone. This castle was later destroyed by Cromwell's army following the English Civil War of the mid-17th century.
The later castle at Gwrych was begun in 1819. The castle is a Grade 1 listed building set in a wooded hillside over looking the Irish Sea. It was the first Gothic folly to be built in Europe by a wealthy industrialist Lloyd Hesketh. Bamford Hesketh, his son, inherited the title of Gwrych in his early 20s and used his vast fortune to build the 4,000-acre Gwrych Castle Estate.

The castle once had a total of 128 rooms including the outbuildings, including twenty-eight bedrooms, an outer hall, an inner hall, two smoke rooms, a dining room, a drawing room, a billiards room, an oak study, and a range of accommodations for servants. There are nineteen embattled towers and the whole facade is over 2000 yards. Many feel the castle's outstanding feature was the castle's 52-step marble staircase.

Thanks for the book link.


Animae C (508)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 3:50 am
You're killin me!!!!!

If i can see it i would get to it... hiking to it in my rubber galoshes!!!!

Thanx for all this Scoob, i sent it to Mel... so she can dribble too!

Scooby S (95)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 3:54 am
Chuckle, ok, I will park in the lay by and walk across the field. Lol.

Scooby S (95)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 3:54 am
In my rubber crocs of course!

Scooby S (95)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 3:59 am
In 1946 The castle was sold and then it passed through subsequent owners and is now derelict. All of the windows are cast iron and the fantastic stained glass has vanished. It's been years since the castle's been occupied. Years ago they used to hold medieval fairs and the like on the grounds of the castle.

The castle was bought several years ago by an American businessman who planned to spend 10 million pounds to convert the castle into a top-class opera house with adjoining luxury hotel. But those plans never materialized and the building was frequently vandalized. Unfortunately, in early 1998 Gwrych was extensively damaged following the collapse of ceilings and floors, and was later damaged by fire. The future of the castle is now uncertain.

I can't believe an American has bought it and just left it. Sacrilege!


Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 8:07 am
Love the ones near the water! All gorgeous places though.
Thank you

Sam E M (0)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 11:10 am
Wow, amazing photos and definitely a book to buy, no hesitation. Thanks, Scooby. :)

Caroline S (78)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 11:43 am
Beautiful!!! Thank you.

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 4:24 pm
Noted. Very interesting. Thank you for the pictures.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 5:02 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Melania P (123)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 10:27 am
So cool!! Thank you, will look for this book
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