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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 October, 2004, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
Two bailed over Gothic hall fire
Fire (picture by Robert Jackson)
The fire destroyed the Gothic building (picture by Robert Jackson)
Two men have been charged with arson, after fire destroyed a 140-year-old north Wales hall.

The blaze broke out in the Grade 1 listed Hafodunos Hall in Llangernyw near Abergele early on 14 October.

Christopher Szabo, 22, from Eglwysbach and Adam Kolunzy, 19, from Penrhyn, were remanded on conditional bail by Llandudno magistrates.

They have been charged with jointly causing arson causing damage valued at over 8m.

Szabo, a vehicle technician, and Kolunzy, a warehouse assistant, were granted bail on Wednesday with conditions including an overnight curfew and a 5,000 surety each.

The hall is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the UK.

It was unoccupied at the time of the blaze and nobody was injured.

Plans to turn the 19th Century hall into a hotel with 70 holiday lodges had previously been unveiled by developers SFJ Ltd.

Hafodunos Hall was designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1860s.

He was commissioned by the Sandbach family to build it on the site of a manor house which dated back to the reign of Charles I.

The architect's other works include London's St Pancras Hotel, and the Albert Memorial, in Kensington Gardens.

The grounds of the hall were designed by Kew Gardens director William Hooker.

The hall has had recent spells as a boarding school and an accountancy college, but fell into decline over the past decade.

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