The Cloud House, North Wales, July 2020

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1. The History
There remains very little history on this place. The farm itself sits on the very edge of the low-lying boggy land to the west of the main road. Historical records show the a near-by turnpike was constructed between 1777 and 1823, which most likely puts this and other farmhouses in the area at around the late 1700s and early 1800s.

An 1841 Census names farmer Robert Morris (45) and his mother Catherine Morris (87) as residents of the farm. Robert Morris appears to have had a son Evan (born 1816) and a daughter Jane (born 1820). Other records indicate his children and subsequent grandchildren then appear to have been resident at the house until into the 1860s.

The house appears to have remained in the Jones family as Emrys Jones was resident in the 1950s along with a Miss Enid Williams. The last occupant appears to have been a Miss Elizabeth Williams. Quite when the house has been empty from, it is hard to say.

Borrowed picture from April 2007 before the windows got boarded up:

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© Copyright Gerallt Pennant licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

2. The Explore
The “Cloud House” as it is code-named due to the cloud-topped mountains that surround it, needs no introduction as it has gone down in urbex folklore. It’s in a remote location with no accessible road and hence remained relatively unknown until the Manchester-based Dan Circa decided he’d grab his 15 minutes of fame and splash it all over the BBC and The Daily Mail in early 2015. From then on, firmly on the Urbex Tourbus route, its fate was sealed. Stuff has gradually gone missing over the last five years. Back in 2015 the windows weren’t boarded. Post Dan’s expose, it did get sealed up, but that didn’t stop the thieves. So, no more pocket watches, grandfather clock and other things of value.

So, on my last morning in the area with the weather closing in and three potential destinations to choose from, I plumped for the 40-minute drive to here. Having driven along the dead-end road as far as I could, I parked up and continued on foot. As I came to the first locked gate, I realised things had changed. There were parked up diggers and tractors and it became apparent that a proper road is in the midst of being constructed. Continuing on, the farm came into view and the first thing I noticed was the earth and rocks that had been moved all the way round it. Hence, I feared the worst. But, to my great surprise the place was open just like it has always been. Given the work going on and how easy it would be to seal, I found this quite strange. So, in I went, set up my tripod and went to work. About half an hour in I heard a car pull up, the door shut and then footsteps. I sat tight and continued taking pictures. Nothing happened. Then about ten minutes later the same thing happened again. Again, I just carried on. On exiting I saw two four-wheel drives parked by the gable end closest to the track. Their occupants were now at work on the road construction. Walking sheepishly past them, they didn’t even cast a gaze at me let alone stop me and ask me what I was doing there.

3. The Pictures

Was going to take externals on my exit but got a bit preoccupied with the cars parked next to it so only go one:

50215647448_6e5fc14f52_b.jpgimg7678 by HughieDW, on Flickr

In we go:

50216570172_eeafccf44c_b.jpgCloudhouse 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50216569872_c787db2f67_b.jpgCloudhouse 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

First up, the lounge:

50216538497_f32493ca8c_b.jpgimg7647 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50215687383_cfa5d897ee_b.jpgCloudhouse 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50216539967_ce10703318_b.jpgimg7644 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50191300836_b63afdd9cb_b.jpgimg7645 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50215687258_9ed5ecd0b6_b.jpgCloudhouse 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the kitchen./dining room:

50216538082_e9f4f72323_b.jpgimg7648 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50216534297_0bfb94f4ea_b.jpgimg7662 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Been a while since these have been played:

50215653283_a8b422ed5d_b.jpgimg7654 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And although the clock has now gone, the organ is still there:

50216535517_5dd0c81318_b.jpgimg7655 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50215686133_d40ba1bd1c_b.jpgCloudhouse 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50216341511_72195eaf3f_b.jpgCloudhouse 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50215652143_8d136d272f_b.jpgimg7660 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50215651078_c8ac550e11_b.jpgimg7664 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And up-stairs. Less of interest here to be honest:

50216305531_df41faa678_b.jpgimg7666 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50216305056_c0a1572666_b.jpgimg7667 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50216532037_32668f0ec6_b.jpgimg7669 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50216304041_e8e97d30a4_b.jpgimg7670 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50190753733_00bb73a8eb_b.jpgimg7674 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And finally, the master bedroom with all its clutter:

50215648423_ed85f9aa68_b.jpgimg7675 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50215685708_c4cf7bd502_b.jpgCloudhouse 16 by HughieDW, on Flickr

50216567572_9e95945899_b.jpgCloudhouse 20 by HughieDW, on Flickr

So, a long way from what it used to be, but still worth an hour or so of your time if you are in the area. Be quick though as this place might not be explorable for much longer.

50215686918_12851aa4fd_b.jpgCloudhouse 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

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Always good to see updates of locations, but have to say this now looks well picked clean, also in your only exterior shot looks like that the ground round the house has hardcore down, maybe going to renovate it possibly.
 

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It clearly has an owner, as someone spent money boarding it up. So maybe they removed the more valuable/portable items.
 

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