Historic Landscape Characterisation

Caernarfon/ Nantlle – Area 45 Bryn Bras Castle PRN 15744


This aerial view, which looks south-east, shows the nineteenth century castle in the foreground amongst the trees, and the huge caravan park which now dominates the local area (at least from the air), and the lake behind.



Historical background

A neo-Norman mock castle, built between 1829 and 1835 for Thomas Williams, a Bangor solicitor, on the site of a farmhouse, Coed Goleu. The architect is thought to have been Thomas Hopper, who was currently working on Penrhyn Castle , though it is possible that Provis, Hansom and Welch were involved. Apart from a spell as a country club and hotel between 1956 and 1965, it has been a private house throughout its history. It is unusual in that its original owners made no effort to acquire any land beyond the 81 acres surrounding the house itself. The house and gardens are included on the Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales .


Key historic landscape characteristics

Nineteenth-century mock castle

This area is dominated by the castle, which shares many of the architectural characteristics of Penrhyn, though on a smaller and less forbidding scale. It also includes the present Brynteg caravan park and the ornamental lake to its south-east. The gardens remain basically unchanged since they were laid out in the 1830s and 1840s, though they include buildings from the earlier twentieth century. The area is situated on the boundary of the present study.


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