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amyrummi 10-06-2011 19:45

The Lost mansion of Baron Hill ,Balamory North Wales

Heres a bit of history
The Bulkeleys were originally from Cheshire until William Bulkeley (d. 1490) was appointed Deputy Constable of Beaumaris castle. He managed to marry one of the daughters of Gwilym ap Gruffydd ap Gwilym, a local big cheese, and began the accumulation of land and public offices which eventually lead to the Bulkeley family becoming one of the biggest landowners in Anglesey.
Their family home at Baron Hill, just outside Beaumaris, was originally built during the reign of James I in 1618, and was remodelled in the neo-palladian style in 1776. In the below photo you can see King Edward VII taking afternoon tea on the Baron Hill terrace in 1907

It is remarkable that just 13 years after this photo was taken the Bulkeley's found that they could no longer afford the house's upkeep and were forced to move to more modest accommodation. Baron Hill was then used as storage until the second world war when it was converted into a billet for Polish soldiers. Apparently the old house was so cold at night that in despair the Poles burned down a portion of the original house in the hope that they would therefore be transferred to warmer accommodation -- unfortunately for them their plan failed and they were instead rehoused in even colder wooden huts in the grounds instead. The house has remained unused since the war and this is how it looks now:

They have plans too build flats here not sure when, but they've been saying that for a few years now...
Thank you for looking !

The Cat Crept In 10-06-2011 20:35

Great work well done bud :thumbs

georgie 10-06-2011 20:41

good stuff ive tidied up your img tags and added a space between pics for you

amyrummi 10-06-2011 20:41


Originally Posted by The Cat Crept In (Post 140772)
Great work well done bud :thumbs

Thank you :)

n-munky 10-06-2011 21:43

I love how nature is slowly swallowing up this mansion. Some of your images really capture that well. Also, the tree (2nd pic down I think?) is amazing. Would look good on an horror movie poster, a lá Poltergeist!

Walrus75 10-06-2011 21:44


Originally Posted by amyrummi (Post 140767)

Ha! Fancy cladding dropping off to reveal that the Posh live in simple brick houses just like the rest of us :D
Nice piccies there mate. Next time I'm on the island I've gotta make time to do here and Porth Wen... bugger the in-laws! :)

buddah 10-06-2011 22:19

Good stuff, that tree is stunning.

tom83 10-06-2011 23:56

Nice find, It really has been forgotten

Kenni 11-06-2011 00:08

Nice report and great shots :thumbs

Snake Oil 11-06-2011 13:57

nicely done :)

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