IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the (roadside) doorstep’: Owner of one of Wales’ most photographed buildings says new road sign is spoiling view

The Tu Hwnt l’r Bont Gade II listed tearoom on the banks of the River Conwy in Llanrwst, north Wales dates back to the 15th century, while its owner says that its views have been spoiled after a road sign was erected within metres of the property.

Walesonline writes:

One of Wales’ most scenic autumn views has been spoiled after a road sign was erected within metres of a historic tearoom, its owner says. Tim Maddox, 54, has owned Tu Hwnt i’r Bont, a family-run tea room in the town of Llanrwst, for the last 16 years. The grade II listed building dates back to the 15th century where it was used as a court house, but was turned into a tearoom more than 50 years ago.

It is a popular attraction with photographers, in part due to the Virginia creeper plant which covers the building and changes colour in autumn. However, Mr Maddox said that a ‘prominent’ road sign erected ahead of the National Eisteddfod festival in August has ruined the picturesque scene…

… Mr Maddox called for the sign to be moved further back along the road, near where warning lights are already in place to urge drivers to slow down on the bridge. He said: ‘I would like them to move it or remove it completely. Whoever has put that sign up just has not thought about it. The bridge has been there for 500 years and we have never needed a sign before.’

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