|Cyflwyno Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru|
Introducing Houses of the Welsh Countryside
By Richard Suggett, Greg Stevenson, 2010.
Published: October, 2010
Review of Contents
This stunningly illustrated book provides a wonderful opportunity for a better understanding of our precious architectural history – from the early Medieval House and the Longhouse to Houses of the Welsh Border, through to the Modern House and the Cottage. For the first time it features spectacular CGI images which provide unique perspective views of the Welsh house.
Thirty years ago Peter Smith first saw Tŷ-mawr, Castle Caereinion, a medieval masterpiece but a ramshackle ruin. The importance and vulnerability of Tŷ-mawr started him on an architectural journey which led not only to the restoration of Tŷ-mawr to its former glory but also to the saving of many significant buildings which would otherwise have been lost.
This book celebrates the achievement of Peter Smith’s Houses of the Welsh Countryside, which has had a profound influence on the understanding and appreciation of traditional architecture in Wales since its publication in 1975.
It is intended as both an updated introduction to the themes developed in Houses of the Welsh Countryside and a companion to the television series Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru on S4C, which has presented these themes to a national audience.
The authors: Richard Suggett is an investigator for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Greg Stevenson is a freelance architectural historian.
Forward by Gwenda Griffith
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - The Medieval Hall
Chapter 3 - The Snowdonian House
Chapter 4 - The Longhouse
Chapter 5 - Houses of the Welsh Border
Chapter 6 - Towards the Modern House
Chapter 7 - The Cottage
Chapter 8 - Saving Houses: an extract from a memoir by Peter Smith
The bilingual publication accompanies a six-part landmark television series by Fflic for S4C: Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru.
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