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The Baron, april 2018

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(from wikipedia)
This place was established in 1618 by Sir Richard Bulkeley as the family seat of the influential Bulkeley family. Parts of the park are a site of special scientific interest
During the English Civil War, Richard Bulkeley's successor, Colonel Thomas Bulkeley (later (Thomas Bulkeley, 1st Viscount Bulkeley), is said to have invited King Charles I to take possession of the house and set up his court there. In the eighteenth century the house was the seat of Richard Bulkeley, 4th Viscount Bulkeley who maintained Jacobite sympathies.
The Neo-Palladian style is obvious from the curved facade of the building to the terraces, follies and balconies; this was the style adopted during the 1776 reconstruction of the mansion by architect Samuel Wyatt. However, the mansion was originally built in 1618. There is also an icehouse in the gardens and a lodge house.
In 1836 a fire destroyed the house which was rebuilt by 1838. Evidence of this we spotted on a rain gutter which had the date and initials of the owner
During World War I, death duties soaked up the family fortune and made it impossible for the family (by then called Williams-Bulkeley) to continue to maintain the house. 
During ww2, Royal Engineers were stationed at the house along polish troops. The latter complained that the large rooms and high ceilings made it impossible to heat. They started a fire in a bid to be rehoused. The house was gutted and has remained in this state of dereliction ever since. Incidentally, the troops were rehoused......in tents!
Totally overgrown this place has a real magical feel. In places where trees have taken over it feels more like some lost jungle temple. And even though only the walls survive, there are several outbuildings, stables, workshops, kitchen gardens, follies and garden features and we spent a good 2 hours here. With very little obvious vandalism it really does feel isolated and remote. I loved this place and have to say that for me it even topped denbigh


26589684497_a0403c08b0_z.jpgDSCF7259 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


The lodge
41461352091_2eedd96781_z.jpgDSCF7266 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27590141988_ff551dfb17_z.jpgDSCF7267 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27590130448_bd83815226_z.jpgDSCF7272 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


41418343282_e55ccb7fa4_z.jpgDSCF7280 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


The folly
39652451470_437c4c30ea_z.jpgDSCF7460 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26589643577_1a3d471022_z.jpgDSCF7293 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


Gardens and outbuildings
41418309392_4d025247c2_z.jpgDSCF7301 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26589596547_654dde6e1e_z.jpgDSCF7321 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26589585767_7c1a1fc161_z.jpgDSCF7326 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26589591877_e35f826473_z.jpgDSCF7322 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40747024554_efa6ec4c59_z.jpgDSCF7324 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


39652353700_6d9096e5fc_z.jpgDSCF7311 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


39652305290_2a105bd9b4_z.jpgDSCF7340 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27589887198_f8795301e6_z.jpgDSCF7451 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


This is our first sight of the mansion which blew me away
41418253582_d2e176109e_z.jpgDSCF7338 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


39652292900_c4332d6427_z.jpgDSCF7345 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40567841495_4eb479fa7a_z.jpgDSCF7423 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27589984598_5f4db3d41a_z.jpgDSCF7365 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27589949208_e4447a6fae_z.jpgDSCF7386 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


27589945918_01fb16a0fd_z.jpgDSCF7388 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


41418141562_5556e3154e_z.jpgDSCF7419 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26589473327_5cf02f3e0e_z.jpgDSCF7377 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40746892274_a79b96c966_z.jpgDSCF7409 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26589453257_5998d2e293_z.jpgDSCF7397 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40746982984_9f2e6a4d85_z.jpgDSCF7355 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


41461240341_66b279e6dc_z.jpgDSCF7352 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


26589511677_8990ed15e1_z.jpgDSCF7360 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


40567831685_706d692f95_z.jpgDSCF7443 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr

26589446957_dc365864d5_z.jpgDSCF7403 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr


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This place is amazing!! Reminds me a lot of Overstone Manor. Quite interesting that you found the original owners initials, how cool is that?! In pic 6, stairs with some sort of chamber in front? Where did that hole lead to? Awesome pics, thanks for sharing! 

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40 minutes ago, FunkyMuffin said:

This place is amazing!! Reminds me a lot of Overstone Manor. Quite interesting that you found the original owners initials, how cool is that?! In pic 6, stairs with some sort of chamber in front? Where did that hole lead to? Awesome pics, thanks for sharing! 

The hole leads to a spiral staircase which comes out of the building with columns in pic 7.

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