The highly anticipated Plas Brynkir, Dolbenmaen was released during December 2014. It was a collection of essays, discussing various aspects of the estate’s history. Brynkir began its life as Llewelyn the Great’s lost deer park but it is the forgotten mansions that have captured the public imagination.
For the first time, this important site of national importance has been researched in depth – specialists from different backgrounds have come forward following three archaeological investigations led by Love My Wales, a local charity to create a book of beauty and originality. Published in bilingual format and featuring original reconstructive artworks of the site, Plas Brynkir, Dolbenmaen, is sure to aesthetically please the eye as well as inform people of this vastly important site.
The book includes chapters by Spencer Smith, records the discovery of Llewelyn’s deer park; Dr. Shaun Evans analyses bardic poetry concerning the Brynkir family; Dilwyn Williams traces the development of the Wern and Brynkir estates; Mark Baker describes the development of the two forgotten mansions, and, with Dr. Mary Chadwick, gives voice to Elinor Huddart, a nineteenth century novelist at Brynkir; architect Adam Voelcker tells the story of Brynkir Tower’s rescue in 1994; archaeologist Sarah Doherty and William Jones recount Love My Wales’ archaeological investigations on site; and geologist Andrew Haycock, from the National Museum Wales shares his knowledge of the geology of Cwm Pennant. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM has kindly provided a foreword for the book. Amazingly, the book sold out within a couple of weeks of publication.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Love My Wales (6 Dec. 2014)
Language: English, Welsh