I hadn’t gone out with the intention of taking photographs, so didn’t have my camera. This was too good an opportunity to miss though, so out came the phone.
Plas Mawr was thought to be the finest town house of the Elizabethan period in Britain.
The owner, Robert Wynn, was a prosperous merchant who loved grandeur. His house, built between 1576 and 1585, said to have cost around £800, reflects his status and wealth.
The splendid ornamental plaster work is much in evidence and fully restored or replicated. The initials RW can be found in the crests and coats of arms around the house.
The elaborate plaster work above the fireplace in the hall.
Many of the furnishings and artefacts are original and the rooms have been created and laid out to give an authentic flavour of the life of a wealthy family during the Elizabethan era, evoking the feeling of having stepped back in time.
…and various other rooms
The roof above what would have been the great chamber. Robert Wynn installed a floor to give the house another level.
Like any self-respecting old house, it has a ghostly legend attached to it. Robert Wynn was married twice, both times to ladies named Dorothy. His first wife died due to illness, but his second wife, who was pregnant, was waiting for her husband in the tower. The staircase up to the tower is very narrow and Dorothy slipped and was injured badly. The doctor was summoned but could do nothing to save mother or child. Fearing repercussions the doctor tried to escape via the chimney (presumably to bypass the rest of the household) but suffocated. Rumour has it that there his body remains and he, Dorothy and Robert are said to haunt Plas Mawr.
The views from the tower.