The Water Tower at Plas Newydd, Llangollen, Wales.
The house ‘Plas Newydd’ has attracted visitors since 1780. An exceptional property, steeped in history containing many artifacts connected with the Ladies of Llangollen. It became the home of the Ladies, Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, after they left their homes in Ireland in 1780. – The two most celebrated ‘virgins’ in Europe soon became objects of both curiosity and affection. They were regarded by the townspeople as eccentric characters, probably because of their Anglo-Irish background, their independence, and for their unusual preference for dressing in dark riding habits.
It wasn’t until 1798 however that the house was to start to take on its unique appearance, much of which remains today. Projecting oriel windows of stained glass were inserted. The whole house, inside and out, became
encrusted with beautiful carved panels, coming from various sources such as church chests, canopies and even bedsteads. Visitors (including William Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scot and The Duke of Wellington) contributed by bringing a piece of carved oak as a gift for the ladies.
The tall half-timbered black and white water tower was built by General John Yorke (himself a well respected wood carver) the previous owner.