Grading: Grade 2 (Main House, Front House, Barn, East Watchtower, West Watchtower & Small House
attached to East Watchtower)
Yuen’s Mansion was built by Yuen Wah-chiu, a former Kuomintang officer who was known to everyone in Mui Wo. The house was believed to be constructed between the 1920s and 1940s, with the pediment engraved with the Chinese characters of “Yu Tak Lee Wai”, the name of Yuen’s farm. Situated at the estuary of a river, the compound is made of granite blocks. An old cannon is placed in front of the door, making the site look like a fort.
There is a three-storey watchtower on both the east and west sides of the mansion. The stone walls of the towers are strong enough to withstand attacks from guns and explosives. Small windows and gun embrasures can be found on all four sides of the towers, for monitoring and fighting enemies. During the Second World War, the two buildings served as guard towers and defended against attacks from the Japanese army.
Yuen’s Mansion is a fortified estate of a kind rarely found in Hong Kong. While it has been kept intact, the compound has deteriorated due to the lack of maintenance. Some parts of the roof of the main house fell down to the ground in 2016. The rest of the buildings on the site are also in danger of collapse.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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