A HISTORIC Bangor property, depicted on old maps as one of many 19th-century “poor cottages” built on the land of an aristocratic slave owner, could become a Menai Strait family home.
A request has been made to overthrow Hen Gwladd on Treborth Road, which is believed to have links to Penrhyn Castle.
The house is believed to have been built on land owned by George Hay Dawkins Pennant.
He lived between 1764 and 1840 and had inherited the Penrhyn estate from his cousin Richard Pennant in 1808. George Pennant was MP for Newark, Nottinghamshire and New Romney, Kent.
According to the National Trust Penrhyn Castle website, “he consistently opposed the emancipation of slaves within the British Empire”.
The History of Parliament Online said: ‘He was best known for his development of estates and died immensely wealthy, in 1840.’
Historic house in Bangor slated for demolition (Gwynedd Council Plans)
Gwynedd Council recently received a full planning application for the demolition of the existing dwelling and the construction of a replacement dwelling. Plans are for a single storey, two bedroom property close to the railway line, next to the A487, in Bangor.
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Located just before the Antelope pub roundabout, the house has views of the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Anglesey coast. Claimant J Chan applied for demolition through agents Mark Davies of Cambrian Planning & Development Ltd.
A structural report in the plans, by Cairns Chadwick Consultants, states that Robert Keans carried out an external ground level structural assessment at Hen Gwladd in March 2021. The report outlines issues with the building including a bulging wall, problems with roof, cracked bricks, failing lintels, sagging ridges, porch settling and other issues.
Among a series of repairs, the report recommends removing and replacing the roof, rebuilding loose and missing areas of the brick/stone walls, redoing the mortar joints and demolishing the chimney. “The lintels should also be replaced everywhere”, as currently, [they] have failed or [are] inadequate for additional loads for new pitched roof structures. ” He concludes.
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In its place, plans for a brand new two-storey slate-roofed property with a balcony were drawn up by architects Simon Hall Architecture. According to website Move Market, the house was last sold in 2019 for £177,000.
Mark Davies, of Cambrian Planning & Development Ltd, said: ‘It’s a shame the house is deteriorating further but it has major problems, it really is beyond repair so it will be good to see it turned into a home where a family could live in his place.
Local historian and Menai Heritage Administrator Warren Kovach said: “On Ordnance Survey maps from 1899 and 1914 the house is labeled ‘Station Cottages‘, so it probably has something to do with the old Menai Bridge railway station (where the industrial buildings are now ) on the way to the Treborth Botanical Garden.
“Tithe maps from the 1840s list this property and some land as one of several ‘poor cottages’ in the area, with small gardens, on land owned by George Hay Dawkins Pennant of Penrhyn Castle. ”