Penrhyn Castle

Built in the early 19th Century, the faux-medieval castle of Penrhyn stands overlooking the Menai Straits near Bangor in North Wales.

Although it’s an impressive piece of architecture, it’s important to point out that the Pennant family who built it, made their vast fortune in both Welsh slate and Jamaican sugar, the latter from plantations using slave labour. So like many other country house estates it’s a monument to the uncomfortable legacy of Britain’s colonial past.

© Mark Simms Photography (2022)

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