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years set about greatly altering the place according to modern taste,
demolishing a part (it would seem, the offices and outhouses) and
building a new principal domestic block at right angles to its prede-
cessor thus giving Us the design shown in the picture. The new building
was commended by Meyrick as "a large convenient house" and by
Lewis ( Topographical Dictionary) as "a handsome mansion".
A fine fireplace was also brought down from London at this time to
adorn the new panelled dining room. According to Vaughan: "I
remember my grandmother telling me that when she was a little girl
there was an old man living on the place who recollected the day when
this beautiful carving arrived at Llangoedmor all the way from London
on horseback". It may now be seen in St. Fagan's museum having been
spotted, back in London, in an antique shop by Major Lloyd-Johnes
who arranged for it to be rescued and returned once more to Wales.
In 1786 the house was sold again to Mr. Lewis Lloyd of Dolhaidd
who lived there for some years before he in turn sold it in 1801 to the
Reverend Benjamin Millingchamp D.D., a native of Cardigan (where
his father was Comptroller of Customs) but who served most of his
life abroad as chaplain firstly to Sir Edward Hughes in command of
a fleet in the Indian Ocean fighting the French, and, subsequently,
at Fort St. George Madras, where it seems that even as a man of the
cloth he amassed enough money to be able to acquire a country estate
after his return in 1797. Thus for the first time the house passed out of
the ownership of a family surnamed Lloyd. Millingchamp paid
Lloyd C3,500 for the house and surrounding land and £ 200 for the
furniture and the books which, according to a receipt dated 3rd June
1803 were "locked up in a garret in the new part of the mansion house".
The picture illustrated dates from Millingchamp's day (c. 1810) and
was formerly one of a pair, the other, long missing, showed the view
from the house over the Teifi estuary with the Rev. and Mrs. Milling-
champ in the middle distance sharing the view. A photograph of this
only survives, among H. M. Vaughan's papers.
Millingchamp died in 1829 and was succeeded by his only child,
Sarah who married Col. Herbert Vaughan, second son of John
Vaughan Lloyd of Brynog, Greengrove and Tyllwyd. He immediately
set about adding further to the house, building on the new front in the
manner described by his grandson and demolishing the old wing, thus
giving us the house that survives today.
The old mansion, as illustrated on the left of the picture, can, without
difficulty, be described as typical of the gentry houses of the county in
the early eighteenth century with its double pile plan, twin gable ends
and dormer windows and several examples still survive in the area.
Though somewhat dwarfed by its tall slender neighbour one can easily
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