Building 27: Seion


Seion Baptist Chapel, St Davids

According to the National Monuments Record of Wales Seion Baptist Chapel was “built in 1823, rebuilt in 1843, extended in 1873 and restored in 1897. The present chapel, dated 1897, is built in the sub-classical style with a gable entry plan.” Seion (Welsh for Zion) is now Grade 2 Listed.

I liked the hint of Romantic Gothic in the window details in what is otherwise quite a sober non-conformist façade.


Vista 24: Bedwellty


Vistas and portals at Bedwellty Park, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, Wales

According to the National Library of Wales the meaning of Bedwellty “is somewhat doubtful but is generally considered to be from Bedw geltydd, ‘birch wood cliffs’.” The recently restored Regency house, with its Gothick gardens, has been in public ownership for over a century, and as well as these rusticated arches and fountains there are Continue reading “Vista 24: Bedwellty”


Building 26: Harlech

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle, Gwynedd, Wales

The march tune Gorhoffedd Gwŷr Harlech (“Men of Harlech”), first published 220 years ago, later appeared with lyrics in 1830. Traditionally the title alludes to the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle in the mid-fifteenth century.

The castle originally overlooked Cardigan Bay, with the sea approaching the cliffs on which the walls stand, but the coastline has since retreated further west. To the north the mountains of Snowdonia march down in ranks to the Irish Sea.