Supporting the Campaign to Save Plas Gwynfryn’s Original 1870s Drawings
March 24, 2016
Plas Gwynfryn in Gwynedd is a dilapidated former manor house once home to the MP of Caernarfonshire in the late 19th Century. The manor was ravaged by a fire in 1982 and subsequently in 2014; it has remained in a derelict state to date. Rare architectural drawings of Plas Gwynfryn dating from the 1870s are now up for sale and a local Building Preservation Trust, Love My Wales, has launched a campaign to purchase these drawings for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. The drawings are the only record of the lost interiors and would enable a comprehensive restoration programme. Donald Insall Associates has since purchased 10 of the drawings for the cause.
Speaking to Wales Online our Chairman, Tony Barton, said: “The architectural drawings are a gold mine of information. Rebuilding a fire damaged house starts with intensive architectural research and detective work. These drawings would be an invaluable starting point. We had some drawings for Windsor Castle but photographs and really digging into the remains, like an archaeologist, had to supplement the information on the drawings. There is no doubt though that the better the drawings and the more we have, then the easier it makes our restoration job.”
See the full article on Wales Online here. Photo courtesy of Love My Wales.