Dimlands House

Posted: July 31, 2013 in Historic Buildings

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Dimlands House, which is also known as Dimlands Castle and Dimlands Lodge, is situated on Dimlands Road, Llantwit Major, in the Vale of Glamorgan, having been built by Rev. Robert Nicholl Carne.
Rev. Robert Nicholl Carne (né Robert Nicholl) was a Welsh rector, landowner, and a magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant of Glamorgan. He began building Dimlands in 1799, upon land left him by his father, from whom he inherited 99 acres.
He was known to have also purchased surrounding properties, amongst which were Caer Wrgan (“Wrganstown”), the site of the ancient castle of Jestyn ap Gwrgant, lord of Glamorgan and the last ruler of the Welsh kingdom of Morgannwg.
Rev. Robert Nicholl Carne died at Dimlands in 1849, leaving the house to his son John.
It believed that John Nicholl Carne involved the architect Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt in the Dimlands’ 1850 renovation. Wyatt was husband to Mary Nicholl, the great niece of Rev Robert Nicholl Carne.
In 1875, due to his health deteriorating, Matthew Digby Wyatt retired to Dimlands Castle where he died two years later on 21 May 1877.
Tudor Crawshay and his wife, Mary, were also resident at Dimlands, from 1900 to 1921. Tudor Crawshay became deputy Lieutenant of Glamorgan, J.P. and was vicar’s warden of the nearby St. Illtud’s Church. Their son Mervyn was killed in WW1 but their other son, Owen, married and lived in Tresillian House, adjoining Dimlands. He had one daughter Sylvia.
The interior of the building included a carved chimney in the dining room which was made of Caen stone; the old Carne motto of ‘My hope is in God’ was inscribed on its chief panel. Other features were Mintons tile flooring, the large Tudor style staircase, two sitting rooms, and the library, a newer addition.
The drawing room was described as remarkable for the peculiar shape of its chimney piece; with features similar to those found in some church arches. It was constructed of Caen stone, and had a label over it, ending in two supporters, with the monogram I:N:C. There were several large oil paintings of St. Donat’s Castle, Lanmihangle, Llantwit Major, and other residences connected with the family.
A later built library featured a large fireplace, which was fitted with a dog grate and decorated with white glazed bricks. There were two other sitting rooms, which contained some paintings, including one of Miss Elinor Carne (later Mrs. Thomas Markham) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, done at Bath when she was only fourteen, and the painter sixteen years of age.

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