Dry Bridge Lodge
Strangers travelling along a minor road south west of Mostyn are surprised to find themselves driving under a house. The structure, known as Dry Bridge Lodge, was designed and built in 1849 by the Architect Ambrose Poynter, on the instructions of Edward Pryce Lloyd, 1st Baron Mostyn. The baron was a politician and, at different times, the High Sheriff of Flintshire, Caernarvonshire and Merinoethshire.
While Llandudno was being built, Baron Mostyn was also engaged in rebuilding his home, Mostyn Hall. The hall was extended in a Jacobean style and the park enlarged southwards, towards the village of Whitford. The baron wanted a new carriageway laid between the Hall and Whitford but to do so it had to cross a public road. His architect Poynter knew that, to please the baron, the drive needed to be private and came up with an ingenious solution; lower the road and build a bridge over it to carry the carriageway, but he didn’t stop there. Poynter constructed a gatehouse on top of the bridge.