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Plas Machynlleth was the Welshmarker residence of the Marquesses of Londonderry, situated in the market town of Machynllethmarker in Powysmarker, Walesmarker. It was brought into the family by the marriage of George Henry Robert Charles William Vane-Tempest, Viscount Seaham and future 5th Marquess of Londonderry to Mary Cornelia Edwards, whose father Sir John Edwards had extended and renamed the house.

History

The house was the family home of the 5th Marquess. His eldest son left Machynlleth on succeeding to the Marquessate, but his youngest son, Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest, remained resident at the Plas until he was killed in the Abermule train collisionmarker on 26 January 1921.

The building of the house stretches over 200 years, with the oldest parts dating back to the 1600s while the main entrance front was added in 1853. The house was called Greenfields for many years. It was later re-named after the town.

Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry decided to give the mansion and its estate to the town and the house was used for council offices. In 1996, after a £2.5 million refurbishment the building became the 'Celtica' heritage centre. However the attraction was unsuccessful, losing £1.1 million between 1998 and its closure in 2006.

See also

Other residences of the Marquesses of Londonderry.

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