St Seiriol’s Lodge, Llanfairfechan
This seashore house was built in 1875 by Richard Luck, who established the family connection which later brought the Arts & Crafts architect Herbert Luck North to Llanfairfechan.
Mr Luck, a solicitor from Leicester, amassed a large estate in Llanfairfechan. He bought the Plas estate from the Bulkeley family of Baron Hill in 1856 and, soon afterwards, Henar and Penmaen farms. Later, he bought land on the beach which covered the eastern shore as far as Shore Road, where it met the estate of the Platt family of industrialists.
Mr Luck built the parade and promenade at Llanfairfechan. He employed Richard Hall of Bangor to build the promenade’s boarding houses, west of the children’s playground (Victoria Gardens), following the railway station’s opening in 1860.
He joined forces with quarry owners Messrs Brundritt and Whiteway to persuade the London & North Western Railway to install the low bridge under the tracks which you can see at the bottom of Shore Road East (near St Seiriol’s Lodge). Once the bridge was in place, connecting the shore to Mr Luck’s land further south, he built St Seiriol’s Lodge. It had an office at the rear where the rents were collected from the tenants of the new boarding houses.
The first tenant of St Seiriol’s, in 1876, was a woman whose son was an artist. A studio was built for him across the road from the lodge, where you now see a bungalow.
On Richard Luck’s death in 1898, the estate passed to his daughter Mrs Fanny North. It was subsequently inherited by her son, Herbert Luck North, who had built his own home, Wern Isaf, on Plas land.
You can see photos of members of the Luck and North families on our page about HL North and his relatives.
With thanks to Andrew Hinchliff and Pam Phillips
Postcode: LL33 0PG
|To continue the HL North Arts & Crafts tour, follow the prom to the car park, cross the river and pass the lake. Next QR codes are outside Whitefriars, one of the houses left of the coast path|