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Welsh Mansion Named as One of Britain’s Most Endangered Buildings


Kinmel Hall: The ‘Welsh Versailles' lies derelict and unloved – who will come to its rescue?

It is a sprawling 122-room Victorian mansion nicknamed the “Welsh Versailles”.

But while other historic homes are conserved for the pleasure of daytrippers, Kinmel Hall lies derelict and unloved – and is today named by the Victorian Society as one of Britain’s 10 most endangered buildings.

To complicate matters, no one knows the identity of the current owners as they are masked by a company registered in an offshore tax haven. The opaque ownership structure highlights the problems caused by the flood of foreign money into UK property.