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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Photographs of Derelict Mansions and Great Houses in Wales

The main building of Talysarn Hall, Talysarn, Gwynedd. Photographed during a recent survey by the Royal Commission. NPRN: 16874

Just published is a new book of photographs of derelict mansions and great houses in Wales by Paul White with responses by writers Professor Damian Walford Davies, in English, and Siân Melangell Dafydd, in Welsh. Ancestral Houses: the Lost Mansions of Wales / Tai Mawr a Mieri: Plastai Coll Cymru is beautifully produced by Gomer with seventy-four highly atmospheric black and white photographs capturing the ruins in dramatic light and advanced states of decay.

The book contains a list of houses featured, with an explanation about how to look up more information on the Royal Commission’s Coflein online database and archive catalogue. The Commission’s record was a key source for the project.

Many of the buildings are at risk, a few have now gone for ever and a very few, like Sker House, have been restored since the photographs were taken. In many cases, the Commission holds extensive records made in earlier times.

Talysarn Hall, Talysarn, Gwynedd, one of the houses mentioned in the book and recently surveyed by the Royal Commission.

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