Left: Prichard's unfinished house. Credit: W. Clarke of Llandaff. Right: St Padarn’s Institute.

John Prichard (1817-1886) left an unfinished house that he had been constructing for himself which lay derelict and overgrown for nineteen years, during which time it became known as Prichard’s folly. However, rather than demolish it, in 1905 the Herefordshire architect Frederick Roberston Kempson (1838-1923) incorporated it into his design for St Michael’s College (now St Padarn’s Institute, described on its own website as "the training arm of the Church in Wales").

Text by Michael Statham, who also kindly provided the historic photograph, courtesy of W. Clarke, as well as the recent one. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. Click on the images to enlarge them.


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