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photoblog image An afternoon in Aberystwyth 2 of quite a lot

An afternoon in Aberystwyth 2 of quite a lot

In recent years, as student number have grown, the School of Art has been fortunate to occupy additional teaching and studio spaces in nearby ‘Old College’, as it is affectionately known in Aberystwyth. Opened as the Castle Hotel in April 1865, it is one of finest examples of the work of Gothic Revival architect John Pollard Seddon (1827-1906).

The 1860s saw the rapid expansion of Aberystwyth in anticipation of the arrival of the railway. An eclectic Neo-Gothic fantasy with conical spires, castellated towers, gargoyled parapets, and steep-pitched roofs like a French Renaissance chateau, Castle Hotel was built in just one year to provide superior accommodation for ‘people in the higher ranks’. Shortly before its completion, the developer behind the project went bankrupt and the hotel was sold to a group of philanthropists intent on founding Wales’s first university at Aberystwyth.

An afternoon in Aberystwyth 2 of quite a lot

In recent years, as student number have grown, the School of Art has been fortunate to occupy additional teaching and studio spaces in nearby ‘Old College’, as it is affectionately known in Aberystwyth. Opened as the Castle Hotel in April 1865, it is one of finest examples of the work of Gothic Revival architect John Pollard Seddon (1827-1906).

The 1860s saw the rapid expansion of Aberystwyth in anticipation of the arrival of the railway. An eclectic Neo-Gothic fantasy with conical spires, castellated towers, gargoyled parapets, and steep-pitched roofs like a French Renaissance chateau, Castle Hotel was built in just one year to provide superior accommodation for ‘people in the higher ranks’. Shortly before its completion, the developer behind the project went bankrupt and the hotel was sold to a group of philanthropists intent on founding Wales’s first university at Aberystwyth.

comments (23)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Sep 2012, 01:06
A seriously gorgeous image, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thanks mate!
I am so going to like this theme on Aberystwyth Bill... you've got me hooked alreadygrin....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Good, I'm very pleased Peter
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 11 Sep 2012, 03:19
I love this shot! The building is awesome and contrasted against the perfect sky ...magic!
Bill Phillips: A fine example of Victorian Gothic revival Helen
I sure like the point of view you've taken on this!
Bill Phillips: This is the North part of the seafront Elizabeth
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Sep 2012, 06:39
This is very agreeable: it smacks of Victorian confidence & pride. A fine composition too!
Bill Phillips: mind you they went bust!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 11 Sep 2012, 06:58
Bring back the rubbish pictures!
Bill Phillips: I thought I had
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Sep 2012, 07:15
Aberystwyth (oh, I had to look for some times to write this Gaelic name correctly!) seems to be worth a visit- we can observe so many details - a fine composition! The Welsh colours!
Bill Phillips: Thank you Philine.
Croeso i wefan Cyngor Tref Aberystwyth.

Dyma ragor o wybodaeth amdanom ni...

Ffurfiwyd Cyngor Tref Aberystwyth ar ôl ad-drefnu Llywodraeth Leol ym 1974.

O’i gymharu â’r hen Gyngor Bwrdeistref, mae pwerau a chyfrifoldebau presennol Cyngor y Dref dipyn yn llai, (ewch i’r adrannau sy’n sôn am yr hyn y gallwn ei wneud a’r hyn na allwn ei wneud). Fodd bynnag, mae’r Cyngor yn dal i chwarae rhan bwysig a gwerthfawr yng ngweinyddiaeth y dref a’i gweithgareddau o ddydd i ddydd.

Mae gan y Cyngor 19 o Gynghorwyr sy’n cynrychioli pum ward yn Aberystwyth. Mae ganddo Faer a Dirprwy Faer. Mae dau yn cael eu cyflogi i roi cymorth iddynt, sef y Clerc, Mr Jim Griffiths ac Ysgrifenyddes y Maer / y Swyddog Gweinyddol Cynorthwyol.

Welcome to the web site of Aberystwyth Town Council.

Here is a little more about us...

Aberystwyth Town Council was formed after the re-organization of local Government in 1974.

In comparison with the old Borough Council, the current Town Council has greatly diminished powers and responsibilities, (see sections on what we can do and what we don't do), but still plays an important and valuable role in the day to day administration of the town and it's affairs.

The Council is made up of 19 Councillors who represent the five wards of Aberystwyth. There is a Mayor and Deputy Mayor. They are supported by two salaried employees: The Town Clerk: Mr Jim Griffiths and a Secretary to the Mayor / assistant administrator.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Sep 2012, 07:56
Nice sweep to the composition.

Fine looking pair of Great Danes!
Bill Phillips: They were exceedingly large!
If you could clone out the cars and the people but leave the dogs, this would of been much better.
Bill Phillips: I think it would be quicker and easier to drive back there to take the picture at about 4am on a June morning.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 Sep 2012, 08:44
Worthy of a jigsaw, Bill
Bill Phillips: Funnily enough I have a freebie software program that turns pictures into jigsaws that you can then do on the computer....haven't used it in a long time!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Sep 2012, 08:52
Bore Da! The translation in Welsh was not necessary, I have understood all words! Diolch!
Bill Phillips: Knowing you Philine that does not surprise me grin
A cracking shot Bill! Must be lucky, to study in such a fine building smile
Bill Phillips: It is magnificent but could do with a bit of a facelift!
That's a beautiful building and I like the paintings on the side.
Bill Phillips: They are actually mosaics Mary. The one on the left is holding a railway locomotive as the original hotel was built with the coming of the railway to the town in mind.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Sep 2012, 12:38
Looks like a fine day in Aber Bill, nice shot
Bill Phillips: We were very lucky, it was actually almost hot!
Seddon certainly picked a magnificent spot in which to erect his masterpiece, Bill. Really like how you've captured and presented this.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Beverly. It is a great example of Victorian Gothic, which I love1
several different pleasant curves and undulations in this image... not to mention the fabulous sky...!
Bill Phillips: We were lucky to have a beautiful day Sesan
Bend it like Bill.
Bill Phillips: nothing much goes in a straight line in Wales
A wonderful image with this great POV Bill!
Bill Phillips: Thank you kindly Richard
A fine vista Bill - I last sighted that hill having cycled down it as a 16 year on a solo tour of England and Wales!
Bill Phillips: I am in awe!!! There are a lot of hills in Wales grin
Just seen it on the news Aberystwyth has just closed down after people have seen this pic.You are just as bad as Chad.
Bill Phillips: Hahahahahaha!!! People in Teignmouth are being treated for radioactive contamination following your efforts.
  • Alan
  • Vancouver Airport
  • 11 Sep 2012, 21:13
This looks a beautiful place. I thought it was somewhere foreign at first (well, it is... Wales smile ) I like the figures in the windows; the place looks a bit Disney-ish.
Once served on an interview board in that old building!
Blue sky, blue water? Funny thing, there's an Aberystwyth in Wales, too.

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