PLAN TO BUILD NEW HOUSES IN GROUNDS OF PENARTH MANSION “THE LINDENS”

The imposing mansion "The Lindens" in Bradford Place was once the Gibbs shipping family

The imposing mansion “The Lindens” in Bradford Place was built for the Morel shipping family. It’s now divided up into apartments.

A planning application has been submitted to build two new four-bedroomed houses in the grounds of the Penarth mansion “The Lindens” in Bradford Place, Penarth.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning department however has ruled that the application is considered “invalid”  as it does not include a proper  “design and access statement” .The scheme has been submitted by architects in Gwaelod y Garth.

Looking somewhat pleased with themselves the four Morel brothers at the impressive doorway of "The Lindens" Penarth in 1909

Four second-generation Morel brothers at the impressive doorway of “The Lindens” Penarth in 1909

“The Lindens” – which stands on the corner of Bradford Place and Beach Lane  – was originally the home of the shipping magnate Thomas Morel who lived there with his wife Susanna and their five children from 1880.

The Morels lived at the Lindens in some style. They adopted a rule that all the “live-in staff” (servants cooks etc) were to be female and all the “outside staff” (gardeners and coachmen) were to be male.

The entrance to the house once featured a lodge which was designed to look like a Swiss chalet but which was demolished some years ago.

The two brothers Philip and Thomas Morel had originally come to Penarth from Jersey and were involved importing Jersey potatoes to South Wales.

Sir Thomas More (left) and his brother Philip Morel built up a fleet of 33 ships

Sir Thomas Morel (left) and his brother Philip Morel built up a fleet of 33 ships

They acquired their first steam ship, SS Colstrup , in 1876  and built up a near-monopoly of the trade in iron from Bilbao to South Wales and exporting coal from South Wales to Brest and Nantes . By 1903 the Morel Line had a fleet of 33 ships on its books.

Penarth House - home of Philip Morel once stood pon the site of what is now Morel Court

Penarth House – home of Philip Morel –  once stood on the site of what is now Morel Court

Philip Morel built an even larger house in Penarth than his brother Thomas’s  “The Lindens” .  This was a huge red-brick edifice called  “Penarth House” which once stood on a four-acre plot at the  southern end of Marine Parade. It was demolished many years ago.

 

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2 Responses to PLAN TO BUILD NEW HOUSES IN GROUNDS OF PENARTH MANSION “THE LINDENS”

  1. Bob says:

    Does anyone remember the mansion house within the walled grounds in the Paddocks? Used to love playing in there as a kid before it was demolished and redeveloped into a housing estate. Was trying to find out what it was and who built it, but my basic google search abilities did not come up with anything!

  2. Teresa Mitchell says:

    Alan Thorne is your man – he is a fount of knowledge on all these large houses

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