Now and then IV: Tanrhiw Road, Tregarth

Tanrhiw Road, Tregarth

Tanrhiw Road, Tregarth

Date

21 September 2014
Location

Tregarth

SH 60380 68039; 53.19104°N, 4.09121°W

Information

During the Great Strike of 1900-1903 at his slate quarry in Bethesda, the 2nd Baron Penrhyn built a row of houses in the nearby village of Tregarth as accommodation for strike-breaking quarrymen. Locally known as Stryd y Gynffon (Traitors’ Row), Tanrhiw Road was laid out next to the railway station on the Bethesda branch of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR), which had opened in 1884. Passenger traffic on this branch line ceased in 1951 and the track was completely closed in 1963, with the station being demolished in the 1980s. A community centre and recreation ground now occupy the site of the former railway and station.

 

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Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle

Wolf-head bronze lamp standards, Great Hall

Date

18 May 2014
Location

Llandegai, Bangor

SH 60219 71962; 53.22624°N, 4.09534°W

Information

There has been a mansion on the site of Penrhyn Castle since the 14th century. The original medieval fortified manor house was rebuilt as a Gothic mansion around 1782 by Samuel Wyatt for Richard Pennant (1737 – 1808), 1st Baron Penrhyn of Louth, who amassed his fortune from Caribbean sugar interests and the slate quarry in Bethesda. The estate was inherited by Pennant’s second cousin George Hay Dawkins-Pennant (1763 – 1840), who again had the house rebuilt, this time as a lavishly vast mock Norman castle. The main phase of construction took place from 1820 to 1837 under the direction of architect Thomas Hopper. Although most of Wyatt’s structure was demolished to make way for the enormous fantasy castle, its great hall was integrated into the new mansion’s drawing room. The Grade I listed castle and its grounds passed into the hands of the National Trust in 1951.

Further Reading

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor
(Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales)
;
Penrhyn Castle (Wikipedia);
Penrhyn Castle (National Trust)

 

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