One of the most at risk buildings in Wales is up for sale, but who will be its saviour?

Jamie Bolton / Bolton Marketing


Kinmel Hall is coming up for sale by auction next month. Experts are calling for an intervention from Conwy Council to protect the future of one of the most important buildings at risk in Wales.

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Kinmel Hall near Abergele was built by the Hughes family, whose wealth was generated from copper mining on Anglesey. The manor house has been leased out and used for a variety of different purposes through much of the 20th Century and was home to Clarendon Girls' School for about 30 years but has since fallen into disrepair.


Kinmel Hall stands in a fine, large and well maintained landscaped park which is why concerned experts and locals believe that it is important that any works to the hall do not affect views to the parkland to or from the park. The hall is on the point of imminent, catastrophic decline after years of neglect.


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Cllr Pauline Heap-Williams, Gele Ward said: “It is vital that a list of essential, urgent repairs is carried out within the next three months. We understand this may have been drawn up. Permanent repairs must be carried out to a high standard and alterations must be kept to a minimum, respect the character of the interior and not cause harm to either its architectural or historic interest.


She also said: "The owners must undertake to let a contract enabling repairs to begin within a month. If the building is sold during this time, the emergency repairs list must be formally attached to the property and title.”


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Dr Mark Baker, chair of Gwrych Castle Trust states “Whilst we welcome the placing of the property on the market by auction, it must be offered at a price reflecting its parlous condition. Putting the property on the market cannot be allowed to become a reason for a further delay for initiating a programme of emergency repairs. Conwy Council must make public the schedule of repairs and costings of repairs so potential purchasers understand the liability that they will be taking on.”


It is urged that Conwy Council imposes conditions so that any proposals for reuse must respect both the setting of the listed buildings as well as their character and fabric, in line with their Grade I status. The Hall comes with just 17 and a half acres of land which constitute the immediate setting. New or/and additional buildings in the grounds will be disappointing as they will destroy the historic essential setting of the house.


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Other well-known buildings in Abergele include Gwrych Castle and Hafodunos Hall, which have been the target of vandalism, arson and theft in recent years. So it's easy to see why people are so concerned about the future of Kinmel Hall and are passionate to ensure that this remarkable manor house is sold to the right buyer.

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