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Conwy & Around in 50 Buildings (Paperback) (Peter Johnson & Catherine Jefferis)
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Conwy and district has a history stretching back unbroken to the Palaeolithic. For these earlier periods up to the Roman age there is a wealth of significant remains which illustrate these times, a small sample of which places the historical continuity of the area into context. However, the area comes into its own from about AD 1100 , the period of Welsh saints and their attendant churches and increased interest from England. This resulted in the clash of cultures so wonderfully typified by Conwy Castle and town walls, one of the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain built by Edward I between 1283 and 1289 on the site of Aberconwy Monastery. From this time extant buildings increase in both number and diversity of function, for example, late medieval houses, some subsequently turned into inns, Renaissance period ?great houses’ with their associated chapels, and into the early modern period, houses, watch towers, workhouses and a variety of buildings related to early industry. By the mid-nineteenth century industrial development was gathering pace in certain localities (albeit of a rather parochial nature, such as the birth of Penmaenmawr around its quarries) and we find miners’ cottages, works, mills, and the workers’ chapels standing as they did 150 years ago. This was also the period when, after the railways came, the area became a tourist attraction with attendant magnificent hotels, grand theatres and other buildings. In more recent times structures such as Llandudno Town Hall, built in a Baroque form of Classicism in 1902 and modelled on Battersea Town Hall, begin to flourish. Thus the long history of the district can be delightfully demonstrated through an examination of selected buildings, many of which are listed by Cadw.
Number of Pages: 96
Genre: History, Architecture
Series Title: In 50 Buildings
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Peter Johnson & Catherine Jefferis
Street Date: February 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-2053
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