With less than two weeks to go until the first Plas Mawr evening tour commences in earnest, Blodwen the ghostly maid is ready for action following a recent warm up performance which saw her lead the Plas Mawr Spooky Tour as part of a heritage event in Conwy. The event was organised to celebrate 610 years since Owain Glyndwr's men took Conwy Castle. Blodwen also provided the commentary on the re-enactment of the taking of the castle. The first Plas Mawr evening tour commences on Thursday, 14th April.
Following a complete sell-out of its evening tours during 2010 at Plas Mawr in Conwy, Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government’s historic environment service, is bringing Blodwen the maid out of the shadows in 2011. Two complete tours will take place every Thursday. The hour-long tours, which can accommodate up to 22 persons at a time, will take place at 6pm and again at 7.30pm.
Centuries-old Plas Mawr in Conwy, north Wales has many secrets and stories to tell and the out of hours visitor experiences have been a runaway success at the Townhouse. Blodwen the maid has enthralled hundreds over the summer of tourists and locals alike as she explored the hidden crevices and threw light on the mysteries associated with this grand Elizabethan residence.
Blue Badge guide Rhian Wyn Jones will play the part of Blodwen again as she peels back the layers of history to offer an entraining journey into the intriguing past of this supposedly haunted house.
Plas Mawr is a particularly dramatic testimony to the new wealth available to the Tudor gentry in Wales after the Act of Union and is architecturally elaborate with its lavish interior decoration, its ornate fireplaces and colourful intricate plasterwork.
This was the house of Robert Wynn (d. 1598), whose initials – R.W. – appear so frequently on its ornamental plasterwork. Having travelled widely in Europe, Robert Wynn married at the age of fifty and bought land for his new house in Conwy. In its design he incorporated elements that were fashionable in London and beyond, as well as reminders of his own and his wife’s family connections with the gentry families of Wales. Specialist plasterers created decorative schemes in the main rooms that incorporated heraldic emblems of the families to whom Robert Wynn was related.
Rhian Wyn Jones, who lives in Conwy herself, said, “The Conwy event was a huge success and Blodwen thoroughly enjoyed meeting the modern day people of Conwy. She is also looking forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide to Plas Mawr over the coming weeks.
“From the old passageways to the eerie pentagrams to ward off evil spirits there’s plenty to make your hair stand on end but there will also be plenty of fun along the way. I know Blod is looking forward to sharing the wonders of Plas Mawr with those brave enough to join her!”
Tickets for the Plas Mawr evening tours are available by calling 01492 580167, priced at £6.00.