Thursday, July 14, 2016

Penrhyn Castle

I did not like this place. It is a 19th century phony castle--bricks with limestone facade--lavishly furnished but without much of historic interest--built upon a fortune derived from Caribbean plantations, the slave trade, and the slate trade in Wales. It's a Trust property, costing millions to maintain, but well done for what it is.
Vicki did the roof tour

Nice views

Brick construction throughout

Mining slate in Wales

Oversized...easy access to slate

One of the family plantations in Jamaica


Phony folly too

In the garden...not phony

White fuschias

Pedal-powered rail carriage the workers used to get up to the
slate mines

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