Dating old welsh houses
The earliest Snowdonian house dated by inscription is Uwchlaw’r–coed, Llanenddwyn in Merioneth, dated 1585.Numerous other houses have been dated and the results are now available on Coflein.Welsh Tower Houses were fortified stone houses that were built between the early 14th and 15th centuries.They are related to Tower houses which occur in considerable numbers in Ireland and Scotland and to a much lesser extent in England.
In the Denbighshire Branch we are working on a ‘Cynwyd Scrapbook’; working in conjunction with the National Library of Wales on land ownership from the tithe maps, with members transcribing schedules for Llandrillo, Llangar, Corwen, and eventually Gwyddelwern.
Over the last four years the Royal Commission has been working in partnership with the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group in North-west Wales.
Led by Margaret Dunn, she and her large group of volunteers have identified and successfully dated around seventy early houses with the help of the Royal Commission’s architectural historian, Richard Suggett.
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