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Bodnant Hall

 

The gardens of this house are now in the care of the National Trust, but the estate is still owned by a descendent of the original owner, Henry Davis Pochin, a Victorian chemist and entrepreneur who invented the process that enables soap to be coloured.  His daughter married Charles McLaren an MP who became Lord Aberconway in 1911 and she inherited the estate in 1895.  The estate is now managed by their great-grandson, Michael McLaren, who also manages the gardens on behalf of the National Trust.  The house is not open to the public.

Bodnant Hall

 

The gardens of this house are now in the care of the National Trust, but the estate is still owned by a descendent of the original owner, Henry Davis Pochin, a Victorian chemist and entrepreneur who invented the process that enables soap to be coloured.  His daughter married Charles McLaren an MP who became Lord Aberconway in 1911 and she inherited the estate in 1895.  The estate is now managed by their great-grandson, Michael McLaren, who also manages the gardens on behalf of the National Trust.  The house is not open to the public.

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 26 Aug 2015, 02:41
A Soap Colourist's weekender!

Fine work, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray - a pity we couldn't see inside!
I love the colors on this house!! It's great!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth - one of Lightroom's presets - can't remember which!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Aug 2015, 06:37
A nice example of Victorian architecture Tom, a solid thing
Tom Wilson: Isn't it just! I'm sure it will be standing in another hundred years!
Who of us can imagine living there??!!!
Tom Wilson: I can imagine it, Ginnie - just can't realise it smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Aug 2015, 08:50
a very elegant manor house - and I like your treatment.
(sorry, a modest question about interpunction: When do have the Englishmen put a comma in front of relative causes starting with 'who' or'that'?).
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Philine. As to commas - there's always a bit of debate about using too few or too many; I tend to the middle way smile The punctuation purist would probably say that a comma should always be used before a relative clause introduced by "who" or "which". The moderate would probably say that you can dispense with the comma if it interrupts the flow of the sentence. I would probably tend to the latter - in the first instance above the sentence flows nicely without the comma, in the second case, "Michael McLaren" comes as a natural pause in the sentence and the comma emphasises that. There's a very good little guide to the pitfalls of English punctuation by R.V. Carey called "Mind the stop".
A great mansion.
Tom Wilson: I wish I could afford it!
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 26 Aug 2015, 09:49
Are the gardens worth a visit, Tom?
Tom Wilson: They are indeed, Lisl - I'll be showing other pics of the gardens which are very extensive and varied - the NT Website give some idea: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden/
Michael McLaren must be a happy man to be able to look after this grand place Tom!
Tom Wilson: Indeed he must - and it is a huge job - 80 acres (32 hectares)!
This is a fine looking house which you have framed so well with the leaves.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Mary
It is a beautiful house and the gardens even more so.
Tom Wilson: Yes, the gardens are wonderful.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Aug 2015, 15:29
Looks a great place and a neat arrangement, concerning the gardens. Getting paid to look after your own garden. Great picture.
Tom Wilson: Yes, neat trick, eh! Thanks, Louis.

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