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Gwynne House, Tenby

Posted on 22nd November, 2022

Within the heart of Tenby, Pembrokeshire lies Gwynne House. A Georgian townhouse first built in the early 1900's as the right house of an adjoining pair. To the left was 'Kemendine'. Gwynne House was listed as a Grade II building in 19g51, along with the metal railings that surround the property today. 

Gwynne House was first home to a practicing solicitor named John Gwynne, born in Ludchurch whom married a local Tenby woman named Fanny Price. Fanny was a poet, author and a composer and became a leading member of Vicorian society in Tenby. Fanny came from a well established wealthy family and she had enjoyed a privilaged upbringing. She was undoubtedly introduced to many suitors, however married John Gwynne on 17th of July 1845 in Tenbys St. Marys Church. Gwynne House was their home until they died. John in 1880, and Fanny in 1901. 

 

Despite the Gwynne-Prices no longer inhabiting Gwynne House, it was turned into a guest house in later years and attracted many guests with its stunning seaside window views. One of which was Mary Ann Evans. A young aspiring actor from England. She stayed in Gwynne House one summer with her family and felt inspired to write her first best selling novel under the alias of 'George Eliot'. Today, the bottom suite of the premises is named after her while her portrait bestowes the lower walls. Above the front door, a plaque to honor her time spent there, looking over the crystal seas of Tenby that inspired her best works.