Dating old welsh houses


22-Sep-2017 16:01

A further example is likely to be the prominent East Gate tower of Powis Castle.The East Gate appears to have been a tower house, which had an entrance made through the vaulted undercroft, probably in the 17th century.It would have served the function of a strongly defended tower house.This was followed in 1461–69 by the enlargement of the castle by Sir William Herbert with a gatehouse to the NE and to the SW a range of sumptuously decorated state apartments.These include Owain Glyndŵr's Parliament House in Machynlleth.Most examples are found in southern Wales with a cluster of buildings in Pembrokeshire.The distribution of Tower and other houses in Wales with vaulted ceilings have been mapped and listed by Peter Smith.

Also on the Welsh border, close to Welshpool is Wattlesburgh.Mae Cymru yn drysorfa o adeiladu arbenig …ond trwy astudio hanes pensaerniol rydym ni'n cael darllen clir osit oedd pobl yn byw o gyfnod i gyfnod (Wales is a treasure trove of superb buildings …only by studying Wales's architectural history do we get a clear picture of how people lived from one period to the next) Quoted in Cyflwyno Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad/ Introducing Houses of the Welsh Countryside The earliest domestic buildings are the stone tower houses, which may date back to about 1400, and various partially fortified first-floor hall houses such as Candleston Castle and Eastington at Rhoscrowther in Pembrokeshire.Most of the Welsh examples are in the southern coastal border area of Wales and particularly in Pembrokeshire.The earliest building is the freestanding hexagonal great tower, which is surrounded by a moat.

It was probably built by Sir William ap Thomas before 1445.Further apartment ranges were built round the SW court.



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