Llys Owain, Llanfairfechan
Llys Owain, formerly known as Haulfre, is one half of a pair of late Victorian semi-detached houses in Park Crescent. It was totally remodelled by Herbert Luck North in 1905 for the owners in the ‘Modern Style’. It demonstrates that he had a talent for converting older buildings to the Arts and Crafts fashion of the age, as well as designing the new buildings which you can see around Llanfairfechan.
Llys Owain is a private house, with no public access from the pavement. Compare Llys Owain with the house next door to get an idea of the changes Herbert North made. He also enlarged the house, for its new role as a guest house.
By the Second World War the house belonged to David Thoday (1883-1964), professor of botany at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. He was born in Devon, to parents of eastern European origin. During the war he and his wife invited people who had fled persecution in mainland Europe to live in the house. Between 1939 and 1945, six refugee families stayed here.
With thanks to Andrew Hinchliff and Pam Phillips
Postcode: LL33 0AU
|To continue the HL North Arts & Crafts tour, continue to the end of Park Crescent then turn right into Station Road. Go up to the crossroads and turn right to the war memorial|