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I am looking for any information on this British photograph. I believe it to be an albumen print, 22 x 12.5 cm. The only identification is a pencil inscription on the reverse which I can't quite make out "Tower, Mold ? Jan.7, 1856

I love the interplay of light on the fence lower right. 

Does anyone recognize this location?

Thanks in advance, David

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Comment by Lucy Beck on September 8, 2013 at 20:44

Hi David, that is so kind of you.  I would love to accept your offer, albeit somewhat guiltily.  I do have many happy memories of living at Tower, and despite its violent past, it was a wonderful happy family home. Perhaps you could email me on and I could then send you my address.  I could also email you a very recent photograph of the house, taken by my daughter on a visit there this Easter.  Thank you again so much for your kindness and generosity.  With best wishes, Lucy Beck

Comment by David McGreevy on September 8, 2013 at 14:31

Dear Lucy,  What an incredible story. I am so glad to have heard from someone so intimately connected to the Tower. You must have such memories of living there!

The photo was found in a flea market in New York City about 10 years ago. I don't know how it ended up there.

I too think that it is very beautiful, and feel that the original photo should belong to your family. I would be happy to send it to you as a gift. If this is agreeable to you, simply provide a mailing address and I will send it to you.

Best Wishes, David McGreevy

Comment by Lucy Beck on September 8, 2013 at 11:16

This was my family home, and all the information below is correct.  Sadly my father Charles Wynne-Eyton passed away last month but his widow still lives there.  The house is still mostly unchanged (bar the fence!)from when this photograph was taken; it is still quite exceptional aesthetically.  It also has a wealth of history attached to it, as the house is linked (sometimes remotely) to some of the most significant events in the Wars of the Roses, and other key events in British history.  I'd love to hear where this photograph turned up - it is very beautiful!

Comment by michaelg on August 9, 2013 at 21:24

You beat me to it Richard!


Comment by David McGreevy on August 9, 2013 at 18:37

Thank you so much Richard. What great information!

Comment by Richard Fattorini on August 9, 2013 at 18:10

This is a photograph of Tower, near Mold in North Wales. I am sure the present owners would love to hear from you!

Tower is the only Welsh fortified border house still standing and, as such, is listed as a Grade 1 building of outstanding historical interest. For more than five hundred years TOWER has passed down through the family and has evolved from a lair for marauding raiders into the peaceful, gentrified home of the present owner.

Tower is approached through private parkland and is situated in ornamental gardens and woodland overlooking a small lake that is regularly visited by wildlife. It is a mile from the centre of the small market town of Mold, the county town of Flintshire in the borderlands of North Wales, and about ten miles from the English border and the walled city of Chester.

The fifteenth century poet, Hywel Cilcan refers to the fair Tower... a fortress twenty fathoms high. Rheinallt ap Gryfydd ap Bleddyn features in the continuous border warfare of the time. He was one of the gallant captains who defended Harlech Castle and carved a place for himself in history and TOWER when he hanged the Mayor of Chester in the dining hall at Tower in 1465

Comment by Graham Wood on August 9, 2013 at 18:03

Hello David

I wish all identification problems were solved as easily as this - it is the Tower , near Mold in Wales - a fortified manor house still in existence


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