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Clytha Park (Clytha Court) (Clytha House)

  • Earlier Houses: The current house replaced the early Georgian Clytha House built for the Berkeley family of Spetchley Park.

    Built / Designed For: William Jones the Younger

    House & Family History: Clytha is a Greek Doric style ashlar house with sandstone dressings and a large, central Ionic portico. The interiors are notable, particularly the entrance and stair halls, which are intensely Doric. The dining room contains Jacobean paneling from Perth-Hir House (Perthir).

    Collections: Francis Danby's apocalyptic 19th century painting, "The Deluge," hung in the dining room at Clytha; the house also contained a fine collection of sculpture by the 19th century Neoclassical Dutch sculptor Mathieu Kessels.

    Comments: Clytha Park is considered one of the finest Neoclassical houses in Wales.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Considered one of the finest 18th century Welsh follies, Clytha Castle is a crenellated Gothick style folly of rendered rubble and Bath stone dressings built to the designs of John Davenport in 1790 for William Jones the Elder in memory of his wife. The castle is today in the care of The Landmark Trust, who operate it as a holiday rental.

  • Architect: John Davenport

    Date: 1790
    Designed: Clytha Castle folly for William Jones the Elder

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    Architect: Edward Haycock Sr.

    Date: 1824-28
    Designed: Second (current) house for William Jones the Younger

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    Architect: John Nash

    Date: 1797
    Designed: Gothic gateway for William Jones the Elder

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  • Country Life: CLXII, 1718, 1826, 1977.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pgs. 300, 504, 733
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: James "Athenian" Stuart, 1713-1788: The Rediscovery of Antiquity
    Author: Soros, Susan Weber (Editor)
    Year Published: 2006
    Reference: pg. 520
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300117132
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Berkeley family, 18th century. William Jones the Elder, until 1805; William Jones the Younger, 1805-22. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: William Jones (Herbert) the Younger, 1822-85; William Reginald Herbert, 1885-1929. Sir Richard Hanbury-Tenison (as tenant), 1972-2017.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access to Grounds Only

    Historic Houses Member: No