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    Default Soldier's Point House, Holyhead, Angelsea, North Wales, July 2020


    1. The History
    Built in 1848, the Soldier's Point Hotel was formerly the residence of the Government contractor. The early Victorian castellated building had two stories, barred windows and curtain wall towers and was faced in stucco. It was constructed in 1849 by Charles Rigby, the contractor for the Holyhead Breakwater, for his own residence. Based on two L-plan structures, the main house faced south-east.

    In March 1918, the house’s then owner Lieutenant AF Pearson, chairman of the local magistrates, was charged with hoarding food including rice, jam, and sugar. The charges were dropped after he explained that wounded soldiers were treated to tea at the house every Sunday. It was expanded in the early twentieth century, with a substantial two-storey addition added to the west of the house after 1970. The second L-plan structure were out-buildings with castellations and turrets as per the main house. One of the towers of this screen wall was converted into a pill box during the Second World War.

    Archive picture when it was still pretty much in its prime:

    Soldier's point 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In the mid-twentieth century circa 1950 it became a hotel but then fell into disuse around the turn of the twenty-first century, having been Grade II listed in July 1994. Plans were afoot to convert the old Victorian home into Holyhead’s Maritime Museum, but these never came to fruition as the direct consequences of fire in September 2011 which took 20 firefighters battling for more than 12 hours to put out the blaze. Since then it has been left as an empty shell.

    Down the hill is its smaller sister house. Known as ‘Government House’ it was also built by Mr Rigby circa 1849 for use of Mr Dobson, his resident engineer. It was then used for some years as harbourmaster’s residence before becoming abandoned and falling into disrepair.

    2. The Explore
    Nothing special to be honest but it does have a fine façade and that, indeed, turns out to be this rather burnt-out shell’s saving grace. Not much to report apart from it was a quick opportunistic side explore while out for a walk with the family. It was easy enough to find my way in but there was little to see on the inside. The “Government House” just down the hill is also accessible and in a better state of repair. However, with most of the windows boarded up and it is looking a bit derpy, even though I could get in I wasn’t really that bothered.

    3. The Pictures

    It’s all about the frontage:

    Soldiers 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7814bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Soldiers 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Soldiers 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Soldiers 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Soldiers 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The outer wall is quite nice:

    Soldiers 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7817 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7815 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In we go:

    Soldiers 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7824 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7823 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Inside it’s pretty far gone:

    Soldiers 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Soldiers 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A little bit of the original stucco work left:

    img7827 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A few of the rather derpy house down the hill:

    img7810 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7809 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img7808 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    And a bonus dead boat:

    img7804 by HughieDW, on Fl

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    Do you have any idea what their plans are for the place? Probably not a 'fixer upper' now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catweazle64 View Post
    Do you have any idea what their plans are for the place? Probably not a 'fixer upper' now
    Think it's either destined for the wrecker's ball and a long slow decay...

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