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Conwy’s Archive Service collects papers and photographs of local historical interest to keep safely for all to use and enjoy.
The 1000th donation to the archive is a spectacular plan of the Gorddinog Estate in Llanfairfechan; drawn in 1894 it shows farms and cottages belonging to the Platt family.
The plan is massive it measures over 4 feet wide and 28 feet long, but Conwy archive staff will photograph the individual parts to make it more accessible for users.
The plan of Gorddinog Estate has a remarkable history: it was bought many years ago at a Glasgow auction house by a lady who intended to use it as wallpaper. When she later emigrated to America, the plan went with her and sat, thankfully unused, in her barn.
Recently her health has declined and a friend has been helping her to sell off some of her possessions. Curious to see whether Gorddinog still existed, they searched the internet, and upon finding a reference to Llanfairfechan, were able to contact the local elected member, Councillor Andrew Hinchliff. He was able to tell them a lot about the history of the estate and some of the buildings such as Madryn Farm mentioned in it and generously offered to buy the plan and donate it to the Archive for the local community.
Many documents survive by what seems to be almost miraculous accidents, but the story of this plan and its adventures makes it one of the most exciting documents that the Archive has ever received.
(This article and accompanying photograph have been published with the kind permission and co-operation of Conwy County Borough Council. It appeared in the Council's Winter 2008 edition of its "Bulletin" newsletter.)