SH3436 : Bodvel Hall - a converted gatehouse

taken 10 years ago, near to Llannor, Gwynedd, Great Britain

Bodvel Hall - a converted gatehouse
Bodvel Hall - a converted gatehouse
This is a much modified early 17thC three storey house which was originally the gatehouse to a larger building. It was in the 18th century that the main house was demolished and the gatehouse converted into a dwelling, the gate passage being blocked by a stairway.
The Bodfel (later Bodvel) family first came to prominence with John Wyn ap Hugh who as Northumberland's standard bearer at the crushing of the Ket's rebellion was rewarded with land and offices. Given the lands of Bardsey Abbey, he used the island to run a major piracy and smuggling operation while holding the office of county commissioner for the suppression of piracy and smuggling. In the reign of Elizabeth, the family's loyalty to the Old Faith led to an eclipse in its fortunes.
In the 1660s Col John Bodvel, a Royalist, who had been was a member of both the Long and Short Parliaments, died and the estate passed to Charles Bodvel Robartes (2nd Earl of Radnor). The house, once the centre of Catholic recusance in this part of Llyn was then licensed for Dissenting worship and the house occupied by the controversial Presbyterian divine James Owen. His congregation was not particularly numerous - three genuine worshippers and two government spies.
In the 18thC Bodfel passed to the Salusburys of Bachygraig in Flintshire and was the birthplace and, later, marital home of the precocious Hester Lynch Salusbury, (later Mrs Thrale and later still Mrs Piozzi), a friend of Samuel Johnson.
In the 19thC, the house, by then occupied by tenant farmers, was much modernised.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 30 January, 2008   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 5 February, 2008
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 341 369 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:54.2538N 4:28.0547W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 340 368
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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