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Kinmel Hall: 10 things you might not know

A sprawling, 122-room mansion near Abergele, Conwy has just made it on to the list of Britain's 10 most endangered buildings.

Kinmel Hall Credit: PA

But what is Kinmel Hall, and how long has it been standing empty?

Here are 10 things you might not already have known:

  • Kinmel Hall was designed and built in the 1870s by an English architect.
  • It's palatial in scale with around 18 acres of gardens and 122 rooms.
  • Originally built as a private home, it had around 50 bedrooms and 60 private quarters for servants.
  • It's rumoured that there was also a room entirely dedicated to ironing newspapers.
  • Over the years, the hall has changed its identity a number of times, becoming a school, a health spa and a hospital.
  • It's now been left unoccupied for 20 years.
  • The identity of the current owner is thought to be unknown.
  • Nicknames for the hall now include the 'Welsh Versailles' and 'discount Downtown'.
  • It's a Grade I listed building.
  • It's thought to be Wales' largest surviving country house of its kind.


Cardiff children sing for the Queen

Youngsters from six primary schools across Cardiff sang for the Queen this morning, to mark the day that she becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

The children sang outside of The Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay Credit: ITV

Pupils from Thornhill, Christ The King, Baden Powell, Llanedeyrn, St John Lloyd and Greenway primary schools appeared live on ITV's Good Morning Britain programme, singing a rendition of 'God Save The Queen'.

Primary schools in Belfast, London and Scotland also took part in the broadcast, marking the Queen's record reign of 63 years and 7 months.

Check out the children's rendition below:

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