• The Campanile, Portmeirion, Wales

    Image ID
    FOT636252
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    4.4 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    2000 x 3008 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    169 x 255 mm
    6.7 x 10.0 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Campanile bell tower belltower battery square battery green Y Twr Clychau Portmeirion Clough Williams Ellis Patrick McGoohan The Prisoner Snowdon Wales UK optical illusion
    Description
    Clough Williams Ellis opened Portmeirion in 1926 to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it Patrick McGoohans enigmatic television series The Prisoner was filmed on location at Portmeirion in 1966-67 number 6 Snowdon Wales. The base of this tower contains the following inscription: "This tower built in 1928, by Clough Williams-Ellis, architect and publican embodies stones from the 12th century castle of his ancestor, Gruffydd ap Cynan King of North Wales, that stood on an eminence 150 yards to the west. It was finally razed c.1869 by Sir William Fothergill-Cook, inventor of the electric telegraph, 'lest the ruins should become known and attract visitors to the place'. This 19th century affront to the 12th is thus piously redressed in the 20th." The Campanile is another one of Sir Clough's height-making optical illusions through the clever use of tapering window openings. The tower is actually only about 80 feet high. Its chiming turret-clock (c.1822) was salvaged from a London brewery. The Campanile was renovated in 1993.
    Uploader
    David John Carton
    Contributor
    David John Carton
    Date Taken
    2006-07-14
    Uploaded on
    2009-11-25
    Collection
    Portmeirion
    Category
    Travel
    Sub Category
    Holidays
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Above camera
    People
    Without people
    Dominant colour
    #80A0D0