While Bavaria had its ‘mad’ King Ludwig II (builder of the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein) and Glamorgan had the 3rdMarquess of Bute (think Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch),  Pembrokeshire had Sir Thomas Lloyd.  Self-styled 25th Lord Marcher of Cemais, Lloyd placed great emphasis on his Welsh roots and celebrated this by spending a fortune on fashionable Gothic architecture – transforming houses and churches.  Unfortunately he lacked the unexhaustable pockets of King Ludvig and the Marquess, and at his death the estate was deeply in debt; his house at Bronwydd now sadly in ruins.   The diminutive church he fashioned at Meline however was untouched by time, and is now conserved in our care.

Read more about the gothic fantasy of Sir Thomas Lloyd. 

 

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