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Hidden Houses of Wales visits Plas Penmynydd, Anglesey

Fireplace with a royal past

Proudly bearing the Tudor coat of arms, Plas Penmynydd, Anglesey, boasts the history of perhaps the most iconic and world-changing monarchs ever known.

It's in this final episode of Hidden Houses of Wales (Monday, January 25, BBC One Wales) that Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen unravels some royal secrets of the previous occupant, Owain Tudur, godfather to the Tudor dynasty.

Plas Penmynydd is now owned by Richard Cuthbertson, a mountaineer and surfer who also owns an international climbing equipment business.

Richard Cuthbertson and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen at Plas Penmynydd
Plas Penmynyddd tells the story of the beginnings of the Tudor dynasty

He moved in with his then young family and spent more than six years restoring the house, along with out-buildings, to its original state, while uncovering hidden links to the Tudor family's past along the way.

"The history of this house is to die for," says Richard. "It was about saving a very important piece of heritage from my point of view."

Owain Tudur, who anglicised his name to Owen Tudor, married Queen Katherine after the death of her husband, King Henry V. It was a marriage that scandalised society and they went on to have five children.

In time Owain's grandson, after winning the Battle of Bosworth for the English throne in 1485, became King Henry VII, father to Henry VIII and grandfather to Elizabeth I.

Hidden Houses of Wales, Monday, 25 January, BBC One Wales, 7.30pm

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