Hafod (also known as Hafod Uchtryd)3821

Aberystwyth, Wales

Brief Description

This was a significant landscape designed according to the principles of the Picturesque, and an essential destination for tourists in the late-18th to early-19th centuries. The mid-20th-century forested landscape is undergoing restoration to reveal the original Picturesque structure and scenic walks.

History

This Picturesque landscape was laid out by Thomas Johnes (1748-1816) around his newly-built mansion. Subsequent owners changed little apart from ornamental plantings in the parkland. The Forestry Commission bought the estate in 1950. The house was demolished in 1958.

Visitor Facilities

http://www.hafod.org/walks.html

Terrain

upland, hilly
Features

Plant Environment

  • Woodland Garden
  • Environment

Style

  • Picturesque
  • Stable Block
  • Description: L-shaped building now converted to estate offices.
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  • Obelisk
  • Description: Monument to 5th Duke of Bedford, designed by W. Pocock.
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  • Ornamental Bridge
  • Description: Chain Bridge across Ystwyth Gorge, restored 2003.
  • Mansion House (featured building)
  • Description: Original building in Gothic style by Thomas Baldwin in 1784, additions by John Nash 1793-4; rebuilt after 1807 fire within same walls; extended in Italian Gothic style by Anthony Salvin 1847-50. The house as demolished in 1958.
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  • Walk
  • Description: Lady's Walk: circuit walk linking mansion to church and visiting Flower Garden and Peiran Falls.
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  • Walk
  • Description: Gentleman's Walk: circuit walk on south bank of Ystwyth, visiting two caves, numerous cascades, ancient woodland.
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  • Walk
  • Description: New Walk, now known as Ystwyth Gorge Walk: visits spectacular river scenery and restored chain bridge.
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Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

http://www.hafod.org/walks.html

Directions

http://www.hafod.org/directions.html
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Ysbyty Ystwyth
History

Period

  • Late 18th Century
Associated People
Contact

Telephone

01443 336000

Official Website

Owners

  • Forestry Commission (Welsh Assembly)

    Victoria Terrace, Aberystwyth, SY23 2DQ
References

References

Contributors

  • Jennifer Macve

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