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Cancellation - Locality and Region Seminar - 24 January 2017
24 January, 2017 - 17:15
IHR, Room 304
Parks, Gardens and Designed Landscapes of Medieval North Wales and North West Shropshire - Spencer Gavin Smith
Spencer Smith is a Project Officer with the Contracts Section of the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, based in Bangor, Gwynedd. He has previously worked as an Investigator for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, and as an Archaeologist and Surveyor for companies in both the public and private sector.
Research into the parks, gardens and designed landscapes of north Wales and north-west Shropshire is a topic that has not attracted much attention to date. The area tended to be seen as somewhere passed through by powerful Welsh and English royalty and nobility in order to subjugate or intimidate their rivals rather than as a landscape shaped and moulded into complex and contemporary forms by the royalty and nobility who lived there. By combining archaeological, architectural, historical and poetic evidence, recent research has revealed the existence of a rich and sophisticated series of medieval parks, castle and llys gardens. Importantly, this research is now leading to the rehabilitation of these designed landscapes and their component parks and gardens within the narrative of this region and the wider world.