Thursday, 31 July 2014

3 Landmarks Architects in Anglesey Would Have Loved to Build

In terms of history and wonderful tapestry, the Isle of Anglesey is one of the richest throughout North Wales. With preservation being high on the agenda for the local council, many listing buildings throughout the island are still in top condition and attract plenty of visitors.

Here are 5 of the most eye-catching places and landmarks on the famous island that architects in Anglesey would have loved to get their hands on before they were eventually built.


1. Skerries Lighthouse
This huge construct is unmistakable for sailors making their way to the Anglesey coast with its innovative design standing out. It’ still fully activated though there isn’t anyone currently manning it, all lighting is automated from a base in Holyhead.

After initially being built by William Trench, who tragically lost his son off of nearby rocks, the lighthouse has been through many renovations and restorations over the centuries. With it initially being lit in 1716, it stands as one of the oldest lighthouses throughout Britain.


2. Beaumaris Castle
If you love your history, then Beaumaris Castle is an absolute must. How contemporary architects would relish building a fortress such as this one!

The castle itself has swapped hands more often than a Premier League football club as it was going to and from the English and Welsh for many years during times of civil war. Despite all of this and the amount of battles that have been seen there over the years, it could be a bit of a surprise to know it is actually incomplete.

After funding fell short, its occupants at the time left it as it was and Beaumaris Castle is now a popular attraction for tourists from far and wide.


3. St Bueno’s Church
Steeped in history and gorgeous fixtures, this is a place of worship that, despite its age at almost 900 years old, is still used popularly by the Church of Wales.

Many important people have stepped through its hallowed doors over the years, no doubt lured by its beautiful stain glass windows and fascinating architecture. It’s unusual in composition and is one of the more remarkable churches in Wales, to find out why you’ll just have to go and check it out in person!

Not many churches are built in modern times so architects in Anglesey will no doubt have leapt at the chance to build something like St Bueno’s.


"Beaumaris Castle" by www.flickr.com/photos/kosalabandara, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 - 31/07/2014

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