SH7882 : Rebuilding the Tudno Castle Hotel

taken 1 month ago, near to Llandudno, Conwy, Great Britain

Rebuilding the Tudno Castle Hotel
Rebuilding the Tudno Castle Hotel

In the foreground is the wooden sculpture of the White Rabbit which is one of four Alice in Wonderland themed sculptures installed in Llandudno in 2012 to mark the 160th anniversary of the birth of Alice Liddell, who was the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland stories, and the historical connection between the Liddell family and Llandudno.

In the background is the site of the Tudno Castle Hotel which dated back to the 1870s and was originally two hotels, the Temperance to the south and Tudno Castle to the north. It was made a Grade II listed building in 1976 and plans were made to restore the building. After various delays the building eventually became unsafe and had to be demolished. The new building now under construction is expected to replicate the historical facade.

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Short history of the Tudno Castle Hotel
Built in the 1870ís it originally had three storeys above a basement and with attics. It was originally two hotels, the southern section being a Temperance Hotel and Tudno Castle to the north. Eventually they joined and was known at one time as the North Western. Thereafter it changed to the Tudno Castle.
On the east was a former outbuilding, one and a half storey under a slate gabled roof. This was a garage at one time.
A Grade II listed building (CADW source reference 3506), closed in 2008 and awaited redevelopment. Original plans were approved in 2014 which gave permission to redevelop The Tudno Castle Hotel including partial demolition work.
In early 2017 two roads on either side of the Tudno Castle Hotel in Llandudno had to be closed due to the risk of the hotel collapsing. The developers on site, who were preparing for a £10 million redevelopment, noticed "historical movement" in the walls which was much more severe than first thought.
That risk turned into a need to demolish the hotel as soon as possible. Demolition was carried out in late April 2017 and whilst apparently nothing appeared to be happening, fresh plans were drawn up and had to be agreed.
The plan includes building a Premier Inn, a Beefeater, and Prezzo. Other restaurants and retail outlets will also appear on the site.
The current plan is to replicate the historic facade and is considered to be the best proposal to protect the setting and group value of the building within the conservation area.
Reconstruction work commenced in January 2019.
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Date Taken
Friday, 4 October, 2019   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 8 October, 2019
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  City, Town centre  Construction, Development 
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Alice Liddell  Lewis Carroll 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 7857 8211 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:19.3165N 3:49.4696W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 7854 8212
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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