6 December 2012
Last updated at 07:31
Two hundred pictures of rooms through the ages have been selected for a new book called Inside Welsh Homes. Photographed in 1954, the dresser shown in this kitchen at Nantclwyd House, Ruthin, has a typical set of ‘willow pattern’ plates and dishes alongside a variety of jugs suspended from ceiling hooks.
Pen-lôn near Lampeter. This photograph was taken in 1969 when main living rooms in Welsh cottages often functioned as the cooking and dining areas of the home as well, and formed the focus of domestic life.
This late 19th Century photograph offers a glimpse inside the drawing room at Tregyb, a largely Victorian house near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire.
Taken in 1892, this rare snapshot shows a middle-class family sitting down to take tea together at Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil.
An 18th Century privy originally sited about 50 metres from Caerau mansion in Cylch-y-garn, Anglesey. The privy was constructed over a stream, which carried waste away from the building.
A tiny kitchen in Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, showing its new sink unit complete with hot and cold taps, and a ‘wringing machine’ on the right. Photographed in 1959.
Photographed in 1981, this compact bedroom at Ivy Cottage near Bersham, Wrexham, has been squeezed into enclosed rafters that would have once been part of an open hall.
Tree-ring dating shows that Tŷ-mawr, a high-status medieval hall in Castell Caereinion, Powys, was built in 1460. By the late 20th century the house had fallen into disrepair, and was restored during 1997 and 1998.
The recently renovated, early 18th Century staircase at Great House in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, is notable not for its design, but for the double archway on the first floor landing. This is an unusual feature, especially given that the archways both lead into the same space.
The Iron Age roundhouses at Castell Henllys in Pembrokeshire have been painstakingly researched and reconstructed by archaeologists, using evidence gathered during a series of excavations starting in 1980.