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Plymouth House Mystery


   Select the questions to find out more about a North Wales home.

Plymouth House
When was the house built? 'Plymouth House Mystery' activity Who were the original owners of the house?
Plymouth House
Why did the house have three names? 'Plymouth House Mystery' activity Was Plymouth House ever a coaching inn?
Image of eaves of Plymouth House

Image of mullioned windows at back of Plymouth House

Image of front door showing detail of Plymouth House sign
When was the house built?
Plymouth House reveals an intriguing patchwork of styles. Like most houses, the different aspects of the house are from varying periods. The oldest feature on the exterior are the mullioned windows at the back of the house. These date back as far back as the 16th century. The bricks, bonding, and blocks in the corners date from the late 17th century. The bricked up doorway over the present front door would have led onto a porch and dates from the mid 17th century. The timber sashes date from the Victorian period and the eaves under the roof from the 20th century.

The interior of the house, however, reveal earlier origins. The ornate style of the central staircase and its arrangement around a central well, was fashionable in the early 17th century, from around 1620s to the 1640s. The interior doors and surrounds seem to originate from the mid 18th century. The actual shape of the house also corresponds to a sophisticated Italian style fashionable in the mid 17th century which dictated that an effect of ‘artificial beauty’ can be created by using square, or cubic, dimensions. Accordingly, the main rooms of Plymouth House are 20ft square.

So, the mullioned windows (where the frames are divided by a vertical bar) and the staircase originate from an earlier time to the rest of the house; it seems as if extensive renovations and rebuilding took place around an earlier shell. Select the other questions to find out whether this is true.

 

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