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Plas Brondanw

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Plas Brondanw

Plas Brondanw

Date

5 July 2014
Location

Plas Brondanw, Croesor

SH 61663 42355; 52.96065°N, 4.06098°W

Information

Plas Brondanw is a country house near the tiny village of Croesor and was home to architect Clough Williams-Ellis (1883 – 1978), best known for the Italianate village Portmeirion. Clough was given the property, which had been in his family for over 400 years, by his father in 1908. He married writer Amabel Strachey in 1915 and after the end of World War I he set about restoring the mansion as their home and designing its formal gardens. Further restoration work was completed in 1953 after the house had been damaged in a fire in 1951.

The Grade II* listed building and its gardens are in the care of the Clough Williams-Ellis Foundation, which is also responsible for Portmeirion and the Brondanw Estate. The gardens are open to the public.

Further Reading

Brondanw (official site);
Of Flowers and Follies: Plas Brondanw (Treasure Maps);
Clough Williams-Ellis (Wikipedia)

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

July 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Christ Church, Glanogwen, Bethesda

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Christ Church, Glanogwen, Bethesda

Christ Church, Glanogwen, Bethesda

Date

28 June 2014
Location

Bethesda

SH 62562 66747; 53.18000°N, 4.05803°W

Information

Christ Church, Bethesda was built in 1855-56 by Edward Gordon Douglas-Pennant (1800-1886), owner of Penrhyn Quarry and who, in 1866, became the 1st Baron Penrhyn of Llandegai. This Anglican church was designed by London-based architect Thomas Henry Wyatt (1807-1880), second cousin once removed of Pennant’s Agent, James Wyatt. The church was restored in 1906 and received a Grade II listing in 1997.

Further Reading

Christ Church, Bethesda (British Listed Buildings)

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

July 20, 2014 at 8:03 am

Hy-Mac

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Hy-Mac

Hy-Mac

Date

21 June 2014
Location

Garreg Fawr Quarry, Betws Garmon

SH 53798 58098; 53.09998°N, 4.18511°W

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

July 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Garreg Fawr Quarry

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Garreg Fawr Quarry

Garreg Fawr Quarry

Date

21 June 2014
Location

Betws Garmon

SH 53798 58098; 53.09998°N, 4.18511°W

Information

Garreg Fawr slate quarry sits on the lower slopes of Moel Eilio, above the village of Betws Garmon. The quarry opened in 1802 and was worked intermittently until the 1880s (it was marked as being disused in the 1889 Ordnance Survey map). It was, however, again worked thereafter on a small scale until the 1930s. The quarry had a number of different operators, including: the Garreg Fawr Slate and Mineral Company, which jointly worked the quarry and the nearby Garreg Fawr iron mine in the 1860s; the Betws Garmon Slate Company; and the Bangor Range Slate and Mineral Company. A tramway, probably dating from around 1901, linked the quarry to the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway (the forerunner of the Welsh Highland Railway). Located at the top of an incline, which is now mostly buried under slate waste, is an unusual engine house. This Grade II listed structure, of slate slab construction, was built in the form of a square-plan castellated tower, which survives today as an interesting landmark.

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

July 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

The right of wheeling at foot pace Bath Chairs…

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Public right of way notice, Llanfairfechan promenade

Public right of way notice, Llanfairfechan promenade

Date

20 June 2014
Location

Llanfairfechan

SH 67766 75284; 53.25801°N, 3.98374°W

Information

NOTICE

By the joint dedication of the Governors of Saint
Andrew’s Hospital Northampton – the
Owners of the Bryn-y-neuadd Estate – and Colonel
Henry Platt C.B. the Public are entitled to a right
of way on foot along the existing Path between this
point and the Glan-y-Mor Elias Road (such right including
the right of wheeling at foot pace Bath Chairs drawn by
hand or by Pony Mule or Donkey and wheeling children’s
Perambulators and Mail Carts)
All frequenters of this Footpath are required to use the
same in such a way as to cause as little interference with
the rights of, or annoyance to, the owners as possible

BY ORDER

U. D. COUNCIL OFFICES
LLANFAIRFECHAN JULY 1908

Bryn y Neuadd Hospital in Llanfairfechan provides psychiatric care for those with learning disabilities and mental illnesses. The Roberts family built a house on the site in 1667, which was demolished in 1862 when John Platt bought the estate and built a new mansion there. This was, in turn, purchased in 1898 by St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton and used as an asylum. The mansion was knocked down in 1967 when the current hospital was built.

Further Reading

Bryn y Neuadd (llanfairfechan.org.uk)

 

Written by Graham Stephen

July 13, 2014 at 6:52 am

Sioe Dyffryn Ogwen

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Sioe Dyffryn Ogwen

Sioe Dyffryn Ogwen

Date

14 June 2014
Location

Rugby Fields, Bethesda

SH 61727 66956; 53.18167°N, 4.07060°W

Information

Sioe Dyffryn Ogwen is the local agricultural show held annually in Bethesda.

Further Reading

Sioe Amaethyddol Dyffryn Ogwen 2014 (www.sioedyffrynogwen.co.uk)

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

July 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Monitoring Post, Beddgelert

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Air vent

Air vent

Date

14 June 2014
Location

Beddgelert

SH 58273 48683; 53.01661°N, 4.11418°W

Information

The Royal Observer Corps monitoring post at Beddgelert was in operation from 1963 to 1991. This was one of the posts in the North Wales cluster of the ROC’s Western Sector. The network of underground monitoring stations across the UK set up during the Cold War was manned by volunteers and was intended to provide information in the event of a nuclear attack.

Further Reading

Royal Observer Corps;
Royal Observer Corps – Observer Post;
Other posts in this series

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

July 5, 2014 at 7:07 am

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