Graham Stephen

Graham Stephen

Posted on 03/16/2016

Photo taken on February 20, 2016

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Plas Rhianfa

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Plas Rhianfa, Menai Bridge - 20160220 - 01

Plas Rhianfa, Menai Bridge - 20160220 - 01
John Hay Williams (1794-1859), who was descended from William Williams (1634-1700) 1st Baronet of Gray’s Inn who acquired Bodelwyddan Castle, became the 2nd Baronet of Bodelwyddan in 1830. During the 1830s he held the posts of High Sheriff of Anglesey, of Flintshire and then of Denbighshire. In 1842 he married the daughter of the 1st Earl Amherst, Lady Sarah Elizabeth Pitt (1801-1876). She was a proficient artist, having trained under English landscape painter Peter de Wint (1784-1849), and she made sketches of castles and country houses while the couple toured the Loire region of France. They had two daughters, and so with no male heir, Sir John’s title and properties were to be inherited by his younger brother, Hugh. He therefore decided to build a dower house as a residence for his wife and daughters in the event of his death, and it was to be Sarah’s drawings of chateaux that were to serve as inspiration for its design.

Birkenhead architect Charles Verelst (1814-1859) – known as Charles Reed until he inherited his uncle Harry Verelst’s (1773-1837) estate at Aston Hall, South Yorkshire – was engaged to draw up plans for the main structure based on Sarah’s sketches. In 1849 Beaumaris builder John Rogers started construction of the French gothic villa situated on... [more...]


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Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Impressive building; well taken. Thank you the information.
2 years ago.
Such a gorgeous place
2 years ago.