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Friday, 26 April 2013

Dolbelydr: Open Weekend, 26-29 April

Exterior view of Dolbelydr (NPRN:27114) taken by the Royal Commission in 1950.
Dolbelydr, near St Asaph is open to the public this weekend, 26-29 April, with demonstrations of Calligraphy on both Saturday 27 and Sunday 28. Fully restored in 2003, and now owned by the Landmark Trust, Dolbelydr is an impressive example of a sixteenth-century storeyed gentry house with its tall end-chimneys and lime-washed elevations. Once seat of a branch of the Salusbury's of Lleweni in the fourteenth century, Dolbelydr was the former home of Welsh grammarian Henry Salesbury (1561-1632/7), who wrote his "Grammatica Britannica" there in 1593 and for whom the current building was probably constructed. The house was a tenanted farmhouse throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and was last occupied in 1910 until its restoration by the Landmark Trust. Those interested in the architecture of the house will find reconstruction drawings in Houses of the Welsh Countryside, page 246, figure 137. The National Monuments Record of Wales holds a wealth of information ―74 Collection Records― on this important house, which has been tree-ring dated c.1578 and was recorded by the Royal Commission’s investigators in 1950 and 1999. Many of images are now available on Coflein.

Detail view of door showing draw-bar slot at Dolbelydr.

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Coflein is the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW), the national collection of information about the historic environment of Wales.
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