On the way to the property, we’ve stopped in Conwy, where we ate a beautiful cake and we visited The Smallest House in Great Britain, pictures here.
On arrival at Plas Newydd, I realized that this was the place where there are a lot of red squirrels. I’ve read there are red squirrels in Anglesey on the RSST’s website (Red Squirrel Survival Trust), but I completely forgot this was the property they mentioned. So we walked thru the woods towards the house, I had 3.5″ heels, not a real issue for walking, but inappropriate.
It was a beautiful day out. We learned about the 1st Marquess of Anglesey and the Napoleonic wars, his courage and the scandal that involved him and the Duke of Wellington.
After visiting the house, I’ve read a few things about The 7th Marquess of Anglesey, who died last year, at 90. He donated a part of the estate to National Trust in 1976, but still retained a few rooms for him to live in. The 7th Marquess was involved in different charities, including NT. The 8th Marquess lived at Plas Newydd until 1999.
In the dinning room there is the biggest painting by Rex Whistler, a very talented painter who died in WW2, at only 39. We weren’t allowed to take pictures of his paintings this year, due to copyright. But next year the copyright will expire, 70 years after the death of the author. We intend to visit the mansion again and take a lot of pictures of the painting, it’s a beautiful piece of art.