Tuesday, 21 June 2011

and just outside Llangollen town . . .

stands Plas Newydd, (link here) once the home of the Ladies of Llangollen (wiki link here) . 
The postcard above is the earliest one I have of the house and the postage on the reverse is 'inland ½d' indicating pre-1917/18.  This may be one of the wings and not the front view.
The next postcard is from the Valentine's series (again postally unused, with no postal rates printed), but I would have dated it to a similar period.  It doesn't have any sign of the railings and hard to tell what the sides would look like.  I think that the first photo postcard is an earlier photo, perhaps 1900-1905.  According to the (modern) guide book I have, the owners from 1890-1919 added an east wing to the house and created the formal gardens.

At the time of these postcards, Plas Newydd was still a private house.  It was 1932 when the local council bought it, and it was then opened to the public in 1933.  Unfortunately it doesn't look like this today (although it is still very nice and worth a visit).  The wings were demolished in the 1960s.

My apologies for not posting links re. Llangollen yesterday, here's the wiki page.  I didn't realise that the railway line was one of those under the Beeching axe in the 1960s, I visited about 4 (or even 5 years) ago and remember thinking how wonderful the station looked right by the River Dee and central to the town.

1 comment:

  1. I can't imagine living in a building like that. The feeling of responsibility must be enormous.


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