Abandoned Brogyntyn Hall, Shropshire, UK

Brogyntyn Hall / House of Tears is a grand abandoned hall in the UK. The history of the house is a sad tale involving tragic deaths, suicides and car crashes.

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History of the abandoned Brogyntyn Hall, Oswestry

Brogyntyn Hall, sometimes referred to as the House of Tears, was the home of a prestigious family for over 250 years. Built around 1730 and remodelled in 1804, the house has been added to over the years and has seen more than its fair share of sadness.

The house was commissioned by members of the princely dynasty of the Welsh kingdom of Powys. The mansion was passed through the family and the house, along with the title of Lord Harlech, and was inherited in 1985 by Francis Ormsby Gore. Francis was immediately hit with crippling death duties of more than £1 million and had to sell much of the families art and other possessions in order to maintain the property. 1

The property and title had been inherited because Lord Harlech’s brother, Julian, had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at the age of 33. In turn, his father had inherited the property after his own brother had died when his car careered off a country road and hit a telegraph pole.

Lord Harlech’s mother died in a car accident when her car skidded on a wet road and hit another vehicle. In a terrible coincidence, his father died in almost the exact same circumstances nearly 20 years later.

Brogyntyn Hall - The front of the building with four columns

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Brogyntyn Hall – The front of the building with four columns

Understandably, with all those sad memories of his time living in the house, Lord Harlech decided to move out. The house was used as a telephone exchange by the military for some time and was sold to developers around 15 years ago. The house has stood empty ever since. 2

Our Visit
The visit was lots of fun with Spider Monkey and the telephone exchange was nice to see – everything still left in place like a time capsule. The house itself was impressive too.

 

Brogyntyn Hall - The white room

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Brogyntyn Hall – The white room

Brogyntyn Hall - Back view of white room

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Brogyntyn Hall – Back view of white room

Brogyntyn Hall - Twin doors

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Brogyntyn Hall – Twin doors

Brogyntyn Hall - Bay window

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Brogyntyn Hall – Bay window

Brogyntyn Hall - Ornate carved Fireplace

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Brogyntyn Hall – Ornate carved Fireplace

Brogyntyn Hall - Through the doors into the round room

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Brogyntyn Hall – Through the doors into the round room

Brogyntyn Hall - The round room

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Brogyntyn Hall – The round room

Brogyntyn Hall - Mannequin

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Brogyntyn Hall – Mannequin

Brogyntyn Hall - Ornate ceilings

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Brogyntyn Hall – Ornate ceilings

Brogyntyn Hall - Looking up at the ceiling

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Brogyntyn Hall – Looking up at the ceiling

Brogyntyn Hall - Wood panelled library

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Brogyntyn Hall – Wood panelled library

Brogyntyn Hall - Snake stairs

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Brogyntyn Hall – Snake stairs

Brogyntyn Hall - View up stairs

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Brogyntyn Hall – View up stairs

Brogyntyn Hall - Top of stairs

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Brogyntyn Hall – Top of stairs

Brogyntyn Hall - Decaying room

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Brogyntyn Hall – Decaying room

Brogyntyn Hall - Corridor

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Brogyntyn Hall – Corridor

Brogyntyn Hall - Office space

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Brogyntyn Hall – Office space

Brogyntyn Hall - Switchboards in the telephone exchange

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Brogyntyn Hall – Switchboards in the telephone exchange

Brogyntyn Hall -Switchboard

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Brogyntyn Hall -Switchboard

Brogyntyn Hall - Telecom machine

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Brogyntyn Hall – Telecom machine

Brogyntyn Hall - Switchboard room

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Brogyntyn Hall – Switchboard room

Brogyntyn Hall - Telex machine

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Brogyntyn Hall – Telex machine

Brogyntyn Hall - Old machines

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Brogyntyn Hall – Old machines

Brogyntyn Hall - Text messag

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Brogyntyn Hall – Text messag

Brogyntyn Hall - Telephone exchange circuitry

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Brogyntyn Hall – Telephone exchange circuitry

Brogyntyn Hall - Old equipment

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Brogyntyn Hall – Old equipment

Brogyntyn Hall - Uncovered telephone

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Brogyntyn Hall – Uncovered telephone

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