Hafodunos: the Gilbert Scott family in Wales – A talk held as part of Wales Festival of Architecture | 17.4.18

Hafodunos: the Gilbert Scott family in Wales – A talk held as part of Wales Festival of Architecture | 17.4.18

Dr Mark Baker (Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust)

Talk to be held at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, The Old Debating Chamber, 6.30 pm – 8 pm, 17th April 2018

As part of the Wales Festival of Architecture, Gorwel and Royal Society of Architects in Wales are delighted to host a talk by Dr Mark Baker on the Gilbert Scott family. Dr Baker is an expert in Welsh country houses.

Sir George Gilbert Scott RA was one of the 19th century great British architects. Almost two centuries later his English Gothic revival architect, which adorns many of the UK’s capital and principal cities has become synonymous with splendid Victorian architecture.  Over 800 buildings were designed or altered by Gilbert Scott. The list of buildings includes iconic buildings and monuments such London buildings as Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station, the Albert Memorial, and the symbol of Empire the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and King’s College London Chapel. Gilbert Scott also designed major buildings in Glasgow, Edinburgh and for this talk Hafodunos, Llangernyw, Conwy.

The illustrated talk by Dr Baker looks at the domestic architecture of the Gilbert Scott family in Wales, in particular, the building of Hafodunos, Llangernyw, Conwy. This grade I listed country house was burnt out in 2004 and is one of many buildings at risk in Wales. It’s splendid history, design and connections with the Gilbert Scott family along with their wider works are explored Dr Baker’s talk.

Speaker’s Biography – Dr Mark Baker

Dr Mark Baker is an architectural historian and author of several books on country houses, estates and families. Mark s first book was published in 1999 when he was aged just 13, making him one of Britain s youngest published authors. Working and studying at Cardiff University, Mark has recently completed a PhD researching the development of Welsh Country Houses. He has also contributed to several television programmes, including Y Plas for S4C.

The talk is sponsored by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales as part of Wales Festival of Architecture

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