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Plas Mynach 


This picture is taken from the Barmouth Promenade not far from the house where my Aunty May and Aunty Dilys used to live. Plas Mynach sits on a small hill and is surrounded by woods. It has an imposing appearance to it. A path runs down from the house through the woods and down to a stream that we used to play around as children. The stream had small fish living in it that were extremely hard to spot.

As young children we used to meet in the woods close to the stream where we had a rope swing set up on an overhanging tree that grew next to a small rock outcrop. Standing on the rock we would hurl ourselves into space in a circle so that we would not smash back into the rock on the return swing. We often played 'Robin Hood' and his merry men and constructed bows and arrows from the sycamore trees and reeds growing there. I also worked  in Plas Mynach as a waiter serving breakfast to the guests during my later school years.


Plas Mynach
Plas Mynach was built in 1882 for the Perrins family of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce fame to be their holiday home. Around this time many Victorian mansions were built along the Barmouth coastline, mostly by industrialists, following the arrival of the railway in 1866. Plas Mynach is among the largest and grandest.

Records also show that one of Barmouth's finest buildings - St. John's church - was built thanks to a lady of the neighbourhood, Mrs. Dyson Perrins' who showed a truly christian spirit by subscribing fifteen thousand pounds, a sum equal to three-quarters of the whole cost for its building.

In 1889, Queen Victoria was visiting Wales with Prince Louis of Battenberg, who was married to her grand-daughter, Princess Victoria. The prince and princess were invited to lay the foundation stone of the new building and on arriving, the Princess was presented with a magnificent bouquet by Mrs Perrins. 


John Pugh
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Revised: February 25, 2002 .
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