There's something particularly spectacular about witnessing the decay of a once-grand building. Lavish trappings fall into disrepair, once proud halls play host to insects and dust, and elegantly constructed architecture is exposed to time and the elements. Here are nine crumbling mansions that are fascinating to look at and come with some intriguing backstories.
Hafodunos Hall, Llangernyw The grand Gothic Hafodunos Hall in Llangernyw was gutted by an arson attack in October 2004. Two men pleaded guilty to arson at the 140-year-old, Grade 1 listed building near Abergele. One was jailed for three years, the other was sent to a young offenders institution. Hafodunos Hall was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott between 1861 and 1866 for Henry Robertson Sandbach, who’s family had bought the estate in 1830.