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Conwy-Plas Mawr-1

 

As the poster at the front says, its the finest town house of its period in Britain.  This, in fact, is simply the "gate house" - the main house is behind, across a small courtyard and up some very steep steps to a higher level.  The cadw.gov site says:

 

"Never was a building better named. Plas Mawr, or the Great Hall, is quite simply the finest surviving Elizabethan town house anywhere in Britain.

This was a golden age when fabulously wealthy merchants invested in mansions, rich fittings and lavish entertaining. Robert Wynn, third son of a local landowner, wanted a piece of the action.

He entered the service of Tudor diplomats and travelled to the most splendid royal courts of Europe. His fortune made, he bought a mansion house in Conwy for £200 and between 1576 and 1585 turned it into a celebration of his life, times and wealth.

The house’s main frontage is discreetly hidden away in a steep narrow lane. So the High Street gatehouse only hints at the grandeur within, as you rise via a series of terraces to explore 17 impressive rooms.

You won’t have to look far for clues about its creator. Wynn’s initials – R.W. – can be found all over Plas Mawr’s vividly painted ornamental plasterwork.

Over the centuries it became a courthouse, a school and even an art gallery. Perhaps this continual use enabled it to remain so miraculously intact. Four years of painstaking restoration have recreated the Elizabethan garden and returned all the light-filled rooms to their original glory."

Conwy-Plas Mawr-1

 

As the poster at the front says, its the finest town house of its period in Britain.  This, in fact, is simply the "gate house" - the main house is behind, across a small courtyard and up some very steep steps to a higher level.  The cadw.gov site says:

 

"Never was a building better named. Plas Mawr, or the Great Hall, is quite simply the finest surviving Elizabethan town house anywhere in Britain.

This was a golden age when fabulously wealthy merchants invested in mansions, rich fittings and lavish entertaining. Robert Wynn, third son of a local landowner, wanted a piece of the action.

He entered the service of Tudor diplomats and travelled to the most splendid royal courts of Europe. His fortune made, he bought a mansion house in Conwy for £200 and between 1576 and 1585 turned it into a celebration of his life, times and wealth.

The house’s main frontage is discreetly hidden away in a steep narrow lane. So the High Street gatehouse only hints at the grandeur within, as you rise via a series of terraces to explore 17 impressive rooms.

You won’t have to look far for clues about its creator. Wynn’s initials – R.W. – can be found all over Plas Mawr’s vividly painted ornamental plasterwork.

Over the centuries it became a courthouse, a school and even an art gallery. Perhaps this continual use enabled it to remain so miraculously intact. Four years of painstaking restoration have recreated the Elizabethan garden and returned all the light-filled rooms to their original glory."

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Aug 2019, 01:03
Quite impressive as a gate house, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Isn't it just! Makes the house a bit of a disappointment smile
Superbe bâtiment !
Tom Wilson: Oui! Superbe!
nice angle on this building. i remember seeing a lot of those stepped gables in the Netherland houses canals.
Tom Wilson: Thanks Ayush - a forced angle, as the street is so narrow smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Aug 2019, 07:45
Very interesting Tom. I hope you went inside..
Tom Wilson: Oh yes, you'll see the inside smile
Not an idle boast Tom; it looks magnificent
Tom Wilson: It's amazing that something like this has survived.
What a fine looking building and such a history.
Tom Wilson: Yes, indeed - and lots of work has gone on to take it back in time.
I am sure many would enjoy a tour.
Tom Wilson: It's a fascinating house, Mary.
it is a very fine gate house Tom... i am sure that the mansion is majestic architecture....petersmile
Tom Wilson: Actually, I think the gatehouse is more imposing than the main house! At least from the outside!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Aug 2019, 19:46
The stepped gable makes me think it has some Dutch influence in its architecture.
Tom Wilson: I believe that there was some quite strong Dutch influence on British architecture in the 16th century - Ayush spotted that, too.

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