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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.

Three cases of E.coli confirmed in Conwy

Three young children in Conwy have been diagnosed with E.coli infection.

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Public Health Wales and Conwy County Borough Council are continuing to investigate the three confirmed cases.

The affected children attended the same childcare providers, but also had links to one another 'outside of the childcare settings'.

The three children affected have links to one another outside of the childcare settings they attend, and there is no suggestion that the infection has been transmitted within that setting.

– Dr Chris Whiteside, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control

The childcare providers remain closed on a voluntary basis but will re-open once testing confirms that staff and other children are clear of infection. So far, 18 individuals have received negative results for the infection and Public Health Wales say no further positive cases have been identified.

E.coli O157 is a very serious infection that causes very severe diarrhoea, sometimes with blood in it, abdominal cramps and fever. In children, it can cause kidney failure that can prove fatal.

Anyone who has concerns about their health should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

– Dr Chris Whiteside, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control

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Two children diagnosed with suspected E.coli

Two young children are being treated for suspected E.coli in north Wales.

Public Health Wales is continuing to investigate the E.coli cases. Credit: PA

Public Health Wales and Conwy County Borough Council are investigating the suspected cases in the children who both attend childcare settings in Conwy.

The affected childcare providers have closed voluntarily and relevant children and staff are being screened for the infection as a precaution to prevent it spreading.

The source of the infection is believed to be outside of the childcare settings. Both children are recovering well at home. says Public Health Wales.

E.coli O157 is a very serious infection that causes very severe diarrhoea, sometimes with blood in it, abdominal cramps and fever.

In children, it can cause kidney failure that can prove fatal. It is not uncommon for outbreaks to be associated with children having contact with farm animals. The infection can also be contracted by eating contaminated food or drinking unpasteurised milk.

– Dr Chris Whiteside, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control

Anyone who has concerns about their health should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

Man arrested after post office robbery at Conwy

A man is in police custody following a robbery on a Post Office in Conwy.

A man was arrested following a robbery at this post office Credit: Google street view

North Wales Police say they were called to the scene at around 3:30pm on Conway Road, Talybont and a man was arrested.

I would like to reassure the public that offences of this nature are unusual for the West Conwy area, albeit there was an unrelated similar offence in Llandudno two weeks ago where a man was arrested, charged and put before the courts.

– Detective Inspector Michael Isaacs

No joke - Welsh town gets its own official jester!

The historic town of Conwy has appointed a jester in an effort to entertain locals and visitors.

Erwyd le Fol becomes Conwy's official town jester. Credit: conwyjester.co.uk

The town's chamber of trade says Erwyd le Fol is just the right person:

Jesters were always more than just entertainers, they were a recognised figure within the community and as such the appointment of a town jester was never taken lightly.

Erwyd has been a regular performer at events in Conwy for the past five years, he embraces the town’s past, is extremely passionate about its future and wants to help grow Conwy’s reputation both locally and globally. He’s everything a town jester should be.

– Conwy Town Council
Not such a fool, Erwyd le Fol has been entertaining crowds for years. Credit: conwyjester.co.uk

Erwyd, who has his own jester show, said “One of my duties as town jester is to come up with new and exciting tricks and stunts to entertain visitors and locals.

More: Is Conwy one of Europe's most beautiful places? The Japanese think so...

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Adventurer returns home after epic journey

A young adventurer from Colwyn Bay has returned home after walking 1,500 miles solo across one of the most desolate countries in the world.

Ash Dykes is the first recorded person to complete the epic journey from the western border of Mongolia, across the Gobi desert to the eastern border with China. Ian Lang has his story.

North Wales adventurer breaks Mongolia world record

Ash completed his journey pulling a 120kg trailer Credit: Ash Dykes

A young Welsh adventurer has become the first person to walk 1,500 miles solo across Mongolia - one of the world's most desolate countries.

23-year-old Ash Dykes from Colwyn Bay walked into the record books after spending 78 days alone, battling sandstorms and heat exhaustion.

During his journey he tackled the high Altai Mountains, the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe.

Ash had to contend with heat exhaustion and sandstorms Credit: Ash Dykes

Ash has already gained recognition from world-renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

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