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Report - Plas Gwynfryn, Llanystumdwy, North Wales-2014

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by chrisj21, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. chrisj21

    chrisj21 28DL Full Member
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    Plas Gwynfryn was once the home of a Conservative politician who lost an election to David Lloyd George.
    Location
    The house stands in its own parkland N of Llanystumdwy, and is reached from a long driveway from the road running N from the W end of the village.

    History
    The land at Plas Gwynfryn is first referred to in the early C16 as owned by Gruffydd ap John ap Grono. In the C17 it came into the Wynn family, Owen Wynn dying in 1668. Richard Ellis, who died in 1717, was the first of the line of Ellis family owners. It devolved to Rev David Ellis, rector of Criccieth, d.1761, who adopted the name Ellis-Nanney, and to another David, attorney general for North Wales in 1812. In 1866 the old house was demolished and a new building in a castellated style planned for Hugh Ellis Nanney, the architect being George Williams. The new house was completed in 1876 at the cost of �70,000 and illustrated as a fashionable new design in The Builder of 2.6.1877. It was occupied by the Tory MP Ellis Nanney, who was narrowly and famously defeated by Lloyd George in 1880. It became a hospital during the war, an orphanage and latterly a hotel until gutted by fire in c1982. The original drawings are said to survive, in private hands in Coventry.

    Interior
    The interior is approached from the porte-cochere via an external hall leading to a large central stair hall, originally lit from a roof lantern. The dining room suite lay to the rear, and the parlour and other reception rooms to the front. The whole interior including the floors, wall panelling, stair and plasterwork were destroyed in the fire.

    Exterior
    Built in dark grey snecked rock-faced stone with paler gritstone dressings. The main S front is romantically asymmetrical, with a crenellated tower of 3 storeys, gables, and a 3-part bay window oriel at first floor level, with a date stone in the gable. To the right of this a small stair turret, also crenellated. On the left side (W) a large porte-cochere with pinnacles. The windows are generally stone mullioned and transomed. A single storey parapetted billiard room extends at the far E end, and extensive service wing to the rear. Cast iron down pipes. The external shell has survived the fire although the slated roofs were destroyed.

    Reason for Listing
    Included, notwithstanding its present condition, as a grand country mansion in the castellated style popular in the mid-later C19. The building retains a strong architectural character in its consciously picturesque massing and silhouettes.



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    Some windows still intact..
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    Old sewing machine an a oil painting..
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    Had to have a spin on this lol
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    Old intact records..
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    Old radio..
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    Type writer and the painting..
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    Fire place and belt saws?
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    Toilets..
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    Possibly still works?
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    Slots..
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    Helicopter ride :)
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    Steel tank scrap ;)
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    Not long till collapse
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    TV's
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    Nice door way..
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    Flood lights..
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  2. georgie

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    This does look interesting

    Any more history on the place ?
     
  3. chrisj21

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    Just put the history up sorry bout that.
     
  4. georgie

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    :thumb
     
  5. explorer62

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    apparently now owned by some elusive canadian person.
     
  6. The_Raw

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    Looks like a nice building and some of those old rusty items look nice :thumb

    straight in with the sheep jokes lol :rolleyes:
     
  7. tadworth

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    The two tools on that nice old riveted tank, are a blacksmiths chisel, and a busted hydraulic cable cutter, that's my best guess unless anyone can improve on it.
     
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