Ruperra Castle: Abandoned Mansion in Wales

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Built in 1626 by Sir Thomas Morgan, the Grade II listed Ruperra Castle in Lower Machen, Wales, has suffered two fires during its time and famously hosted King Charles I for two nights after the Battle of Naseby in 1645. Rebuilt after the first fire in 1785, the abandoned mansion – which was the first “mock castle” in Wales – remained in Morgan hands until around 1935, when the family fortune declined. Used by the British ¬†Army during World War Two, Ruperra Castle was again gutted by fire in 1941 and has remained a decaying shell ever since. The building was put up for sale for ¬£1.5 million in 2010.

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