Y Plas - The Story Of The Welsh Country House

21 Nov 2013

The autumn of 2013 saw 18 adventurous people step back in time for S4C's living history series,  Y Plas . Now, a special  book  has been published will make sure that the series and its stories are recorded forever.

Y Plas - The Story Of The Welsh Country House , co-written by Mark Baker, Dewi Gregory and Siân Price tells the story of the Country House in 1910, its central place in Welsh history and the story of the eighteen brave participants.

Y Plas  (Welsh for Country House) was one of S4C’s most watched factual series this year. Set in the National Trust’s beautiful estate at Llanerchaeron,  Y Plas  sat somewhere between  Big Brother  and  Downton Abbey ; reality TV Edwardian style. The task facing the eighteen intrepid volunteers was to learn to live the roles of upstairs and downstairs life in a Welsh Country House, circa 1910.

Picture led and bilingual, thid book delves into the history of the Great Houses of Wales: the people who lived in them and those who worked in the houses and on the estates. Edwardian Wales is explored – from social life, school, politics and religion to industrialisation, culture and national events.

Y Plas - The Story Of The Welsh Country House   also examines the history of the very house that inspired - and is the setting for - the television series, the National Trust’s Llanerchaeron.

Finally the book looks into the demise and recovery of the Welsh Country House and its legacy. Dotted throughout the book are the experiences of the people who took part in the television series,  Y Plas  – thoughts on their roles, the ups and the downs of life upstairs and downstairs in an Edwardian Country House. Sumptuous archive and contemporary photographs sit alongside stunning images from the S4C series.

Y Plas - The Story Of The Welsh Country House  shines a light into a largely unknown aspect of Wales and gives the people of these grand houses and estates their rightful place in Welsh history.

Llion Iwan, Commissioner for S4C said: "This book will add to our knowledge of the period and the characters".


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