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Plas Mawr - the first house built in Wales (1580)

Plas Mawr is the finest surviving Elizabethan town house in Britain, built in stages between 1576 and 1585; I was able to use my National Trust membership here for free admission

Plas Mawr is the finest surviving Elizabethan town house in Britain, built in stages between 1576 and 1585; I was able to use my National Trust membership here for free admission

The Great Chamber at Plas Mawr; 7 rooms still possess elements of their original plasterwork, which a historian has described as the most perfect and the most complete memorial to Elizabethan Wales

The Great Chamber at Plas Mawr; 7 rooms still possess elements of their original plasterwork, which a historian has described as the most perfect and the most complete memorial to Elizabethan Wales

This 1660 toilet has its original fabric cover, padded seat and pewter pot; this is a unique complete survival of a piece of furniture once common in every gentry house

This 1660 toilet has its original fabric cover, padded seat and pewter pot; this is a unique complete survival of a piece of furniture once common in every gentry house

A nice feature of Plas Mawr is there were no ropes keeping you out of the rooms; we were free to wander although docents kept an eye on everyone

A nice feature of Plas Mawr is there were no ropes keeping you out of the rooms; we were free to wander although docents kept an eye on everyone

The owner of Plas Mawr married one Dorothy and when she died he married another Dorothy with whom he had 7 kids; when the owner died he left such a complicated will that the house remained untouched for 35 years

The owner of Plas Mawr married one Dorothy and when she died he married another Dorothy with whom he had 7 kids; when the owner died he left such a complicated will that the house remained untouched for 35 years

The furniture in Plas Mawr showed the wealth of the owners such as this bed with elaborate woodwork including a carved top canopy

The furniture in Plas Mawr showed the wealth of the owners such as this bed with elaborate woodwork including a carved top canopy

Inspecting the kitchen of Plas Mawr made me wonder what I would have eaten in 16th century Wales; you couldn't be a picky/discriminating eater back then or you'd starve to death

Inspecting the kitchen of Plas Mawr made me wonder what I would have eaten in 16th century Wales; you couldn't be a picky/discriminating eater back then or you'd starve to death

View of Conwy Castle from the top of Plas Mawr; architecturally, Plas Mawr is almost unchanged from the 16th century, making it a very rare survival from this period

View of Conwy Castle from the top of Plas Mawr; architecturally, Plas Mawr is almost unchanged from the 16th century, making it a very rare survival from this period

Fortunately, the visit to Plas Mawr came with an audioguide which described the rooms and furniture in detail; I just marveled at the intricate woodwork and artistry on the chest

Fortunately, the visit to Plas Mawr came with an audioguide which described the rooms and furniture in detail; I just marveled at the intricate woodwork and artistry on the chest

This bathroom inside a 16th century home in Wales makes me wonder why Americans, my father included, had outhouses well into the 20th century

This bathroom inside a 16th century home in Wales makes me wonder why Americans, my father included, had outhouses well into the 20th century

The painted plasterwork above the fireplace was a status symbol showing guests the family crests and their heraldic heritage; the national symbol of Wales is the leek

The painted plasterwork above the fireplace was a status symbol showing guests the family crests and their heraldic heritage; the national symbol of Wales is the leek

I found a variety of PowerBar I had not seen before!; vaping seems very popular here, especially among young people, despite the recent reports on possible dangers

I found a variety of PowerBar I had not seen before!; vaping seems very popular here, especially among young people, despite the recent reports on possible dangers

This plaque shows how impossible it is to learn Welsh; school kids in Wales still learn in Welsh as well as English to ensure that the language doesn't die

This plaque shows how impossible it is to learn Welsh; school kids in Wales still learn in Welsh as well as English to ensure that the language doesn't die

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