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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.