Dolbelydr

An example of Welsh period vernacular of historical importance

Client: The Landmark Trust

Location: St Asaph, Wales

Completed: 2002

Awards: Wood Awards and RICS award for Building Conservation

Dolbelydr is the home of the modern Welsh language.

Dolbelydr is a 16th Century house in a remote location near St Asaph, under the ownership of the Landmark Trust.  Dolbelydr is a perfect example of what great conservation work can achieve.  The house is both historically important and an excellent example of the vernacular building. This building style dominated the domestic architecture of North Walian lesser gentry in the Tudor period. It is perhaps best known as the home of the grammarian and physician Henry Salesbury. Henry wrote the first Welsh grammar book, the Grammatica Britannica in 1593, and therefore Dolbelydr could be considered the home of the modern Welsh language.

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