Project Profile

Project: Conservation of oak structure and advisors to project

Location: St. Asaph, Wales

Client: Landmark Trust

Awards: Wood Awards and RICS Award for Building Conservation


An exemplar of Welsh period vernacular and of historical importance, Dolbelydr is regarded as the home of the modern Welsh language.


Dolbelydr is a 16th Century house in a remote location near St. Asaph, in the ownership of the Landmark Trust. The house is both historically important and a fine example of the vernacular building which dominated the domestic architecture of North Walian lesser gentry in the Tudor period. It is perhaps best known as the home of the grammarian and physician Henry Salesbury, where he wrote the first Welsh grammar book, the Grammatica Britannica in 1593, and therefore Dolbelydr could be considered the home of the modern Welsh language.

Our involvement in this historic timber frame conservation project included the provision of advice to the team of professionals, and ranged from the conservation of the structural timber frame to the repair of the joinery. As with any building of this degree of historical importance it was paramount that we retained as much of the historical fabric as possible. Every repair in this historic timber frame conservation project had to be carefully considered and expertly executed. This restoration has won numerous awards, including the Conservation category at the Wood Awards, and the RICS Award for building conservation.