The Pool Park estate was once a deer park belonging to nearby Ruthin Castle.

The house was established in the 16th century and later belonged to Thomas Needham.

In 1932, Mr. A.O. Evans of the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital Committee attempted to calm his colleagues over the potential purchase of Pool Park, near Ruthin, in Denbighshire. “The hall was last occupied by Sir Ernest Tate who is one of those gentlemen who, regardless of any obligation, would see to it that the place was left in a good state. The interior is in exceedingly good condition.”These words might well echo around the empty corridors of Pool Park today.

The former country house is up for sale at Jackson-Stops with offers wanted in excess of £1.75 million. Any buyer is going to get a bit of a shock. The property has stood empty since 1989 when it closed as a hospital.

sold in 1928, no doubt anticipating the purchase by the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital Committee, who were looking for an overflow for the Denbigh Mental Asylum. It wasn’t until 1937 that the hospital actually opened, but it would serve its purpose until 1989.

It was sold by the National Health Service (NHS) in 1992, but very little has happened to it since.

In 2012, planning permission was submitted to turn it into a care village with 38 homes and 60 apartments. This came to nothing and the house has deteriorated since.

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