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Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst

Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42020

Item number: f.29

Length: 27

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Gwydir Castle was the ancestral home of the Wynn baronets, one of the most powerful families in Wales during the Tudor and Stuart periods. The first castle on the site was built in 1356. In 1490 after the Wars of the Roses, the castle was rebuilt with more renovations carried out in the 1590s. Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, made further additions in 1828.

The castle has many royal connections; it was the home of Elizabeth's I cousin, Katherine of Berain and has associations with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

It stands today as a private residence and occasional hotel.

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