SJ2060 : Former Youth Hostel at Maeshafn

taken 3 years ago, near to Maeshafn, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, Great Britain

Former Youth Hostel at Maeshafn
Former Youth Hostel at Maeshafn
This unusual building was the first purpose-built youth hostel in the country (indeed there were very few purpose-built hostels). Known as the Holt Hostel in honour of the Holt shipping family of Liverpool who funded its construction. The building was designed by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis (1883-1978) who also designed Portmeirion village. Grade 2 listed on account of its historical and architectural interest.

In early years a popular weekend hostel as it was within easy cycling distance of Merseyside. Latterly, as hostellers acquired cars and could readily get to Snowdonia for weekends, the usage of the hostel declined. I spent a week here as volunteer warden in 1997 towards the end of its existence as a hostel. It closed permanently in the winter of 2004/5.

Now privately owned and has undergone substantial refurbishment. Compare with SJ2060 : front of Maeshafn YHA.
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SJ2060, 13 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 17 September, 2017   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 19 September, 2017
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  Housing, Dwellings 
Primary Subject of Photo
Hostel 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 2087 6062 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:8.2102N 3:11.0573W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 20878 60593
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