St Mary and St Nicholas Church, Beaumaris

Viscount Bulkeley Memorial

Viscount Bulkeley Memorial. The high-relief sculpture, situated in the chancel, is by Sir Richard Westmacott (1775-1856) of London, who was in his time Britain’s foremost sculptor of public statues. The inscription on the pedestal reads:

To the memory of him,
whose every action both of
public and private life,
was guided by sound principles
and kindest feelings,
this monument is erected
by his sincerely afflicted widow
Elizabeth Harriet
Viscountess Warren Bulkeley

——————

Thomas James
Viscount Warren Bulkeley
of Cashel, in the county of Tipperary,
in the Kingdom of Ireland;
Lord Lieutenant of
the county of Caernarvon;
Chamberlain and Chancellor
of North Wales;
and hereditary Constable
of Beaumaris Castle;
created an English Peer, May 11th 1784,
by the title of
Baron Bulkeley of Beaumaris;
He was born Decr 12th 1752:
and died June 3rd 1822.

(Westmacott was also the author of the Penrhyn Memorial in St Tegai’s Church in Llandygai.)

Date

25 April 2015
Location

Beaumaris, Anglesey

SH 60441 76152; 53.26393°N, 4.09386°W

Information

The town of Beaumaris was founded in 1296 following Edward I’s conquest of Wales. The church dedicated to Saints Mary and Nicholas was built around 1330 to serve the borough. The chancel is a 15th-century addition. Repairs were undertaken by Bangor architect John Hall (d 1828) in 1825 and restoration work was carried out in 1902 by London-based Gothic Revival architect George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907), who was also engaged in the same year by the 4th Earl of Powis for a major renovation of Powis Castle and Gardens. St Mary and St Nicholas is a parish church of The Church in Wales and is a Grade I listed building.

Further Reading

Church of SS Mary and Nicholas (British Listed Buildings);
St Mary’s and St Nicholas’s Church, Beaumaris (Our Heritage)

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Alpine Coffee Shop

Americano

Americano

Date

19 April 2015
Location

Betws-y-coed

SH 79515 56573; 53.09271°N, 3.80066°W

Information

The Alpine Coffee Shop in Betws-y-Coed is one of a complex of three ventures owned by Jacha and Gwyn Potgieter in the former railway station building (built in 1868 by local poet, historian and civil-engineering contractor Owen Gethin Jones (1816-1883) from Penmachno). The other two businesses, which both opened in 2014, are the Alpine Apartments self-catering accommodation and the Galeri Platform, which exhibits work by Jacha, a South African born artist and environmentalist. The Alpine Coffee Shop first opened in 1973 after Gwyn’s first husband purchased the station building. The Potgieters have developed it into an ethical café, which serves fair-trade, free-range and palm-oil-free fare and caters for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets.

Further Reading

The Old Railway Station, Betws-y-Coed;
Alpine Coffee Shop

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Environment Centre Wales

Environment Centre Wales, Bangor University

Environment Centre Wales, Bangor University

Date

18 April 2015
Location

Bangor

SH 57710 71943; 53.22540°N, 4.13288°W

Information

The School of Biological Sciences is housed in three adjacent blocks in Bangor University’s Deiniol Road site: the Brambell Building, Environment Centre Wales, and the Memorial Building. Environment Centre Wales is a joint venture between the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Bangor University. The purpose-built facility, designed by architects Fairhursts Design Group, was completed in 2007 at a cost of £5.8 million and was opened the following year by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The building, set in landscaped surroundings, houses state-of-the-art laboratories and was designed with the aim of reducing its impact on the environment. Its environmentally friendly features include: ground-source heat pumps for air conditioning; generation of solar electricity; recovery of rainwater; and a combined heat and power (CHP) plant for more efficient use of fossil fuels.

Further Reading

Prime Minister Gordon Brown opens new ‘Environment Centre Wales’ (NERC);
School of Biological Sciences (Bangor University)

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