Urbex: The Mirande Castle

Castle Miranda

The Miranda Castle is a location in Celles, Belgium. This location is better known as Château de Noisy or Noisy Castle. The castle is built in the 19th century.

The castle was built in 1866 by the English architect Edward Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-Beaufort family, who had left their previous home, Vêves Castle, during the French Revolution. Their descendants remained in occupation until World War II. During the World War II, the German troops descended on the ground during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS) as an orphanage. During the use by the NMBS the castle received its nickname Castle Noisy.  It remained a facility for the use of children until 1980.

In the year 1991 the Miranda Castle became too expensive to maintained it was abandoned. During a fire in 1995 a big part of the roof was destroyed causing dry rot to set in the wood. The Liedekerke-Beaufort family decided to strip the castle of all valuable components and just let it be after that.  Although the municipality of Celles has offered to take it over, the family has refused, and the enormous building is now in a derelict state. It has become a favorite venue for urban explorers.

The local Celles government granted a permit for the demolition of the castle in 2014. Shortly after this permit, a group of investors worked against demolition, they put the castle up for Walloon Heritage. The Walloon Heritage commission will decide in March 2015 if the castle is applicable for the Walloon Heritage list if they decided that it is the castle can’t be demolished. The group of investors also offered several million euro’s to the owners, they want to buy the castle and turn it into a hotel and restaurant. But the owner refused the first two offers.

This location has been visited by me twice, once during the summer of 2008 and the second time in March 2009.

Photographs of The Miranda Castle

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