Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Symbolism of Bryn Howel

Bryn Howel is a manor house situated in the Vale of Llangollen; a beautiful Mock-Tudor house that lies in the shadow of Dinas Bran - a ruined medieval castle that dominates this part of the Dee valley. The house is now a hotel, but was built in 1896, and is richly decorated in symbolism. The house was built by a Mr Edwards who was a local industrialist, owning quarries, and a brick and tile works. The house exudes Welshness, and the symbolism celebrates Wales with dragons guarding the doorway, and the Tudor rose appearing along with the fleur-de-lis (two popular Welsh symbols), decorating what is now the main bar room, a room that also has the original wood panelling.

The beautifully decorated fireplace, heavy with symbolism of vines and zoomorphic imagery. The Welsh national anthem is inscribed around the design.

Vine work decorating a doorway.

A cherub decorates the corner of the ceiling decoration.

The floral motifs on the plaster ceiling.

The Tudor Rose along with the Fleur-de-lis.

The recognisable chequered floor...

The Welsh Dragon guards the doorway of the house.

The Mock-Tudor design of Bryn Howel.

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