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MADOCKS AND THE WONDER OF WALES. THE LIFE OF W. A. MAOCKS, M. P., 1773-1828 IMPROVER, 'CHAOTIC', ARCHITECTURAL AND REGIONAL PLANNER, REFORMER, ROMANTIC; WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS AGENT, JOHN WILLIAMS Hardcover – 1967


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: FABER AND FABER (1967)
  • ASIN: B0013IWZYW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,315,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author captures in the pace of her writing and researches the passion , commitment, and vision of this remarkable early regional planner. ( you have spelt the name wrong above...it is Madocks). Its a remarkable story of human endeavour and imagination, equally full of tragedy. Madocks's end is highly ironic given all that he achieved. There is now finally, more than two centuries late, a large commemorative wooden sculpture to Madocks at the entrance to Porthmadog and his infamous cob. Sadly they missed the opportunity to equally celebrate the life of his agent who actually made it all happen on the ground for him. In the light of climate change and likely sea level rises this 19c tale about the controlling of natural forces ( keeping the sea out and as a result creating 3000 acres of farmland) suggest we may need to be equally imaginative and far sighted in possibly allowing the whole estuary to flood again for bio diversity's sake and the saving of the town....
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William Alexander Madocks was a most unusual man. He never let a thing beat him, and this book describes how he overcame incredible financial and physical difficulties to complete 'The Cob' and build Portmadoc and Tremadoc.
Elizabethe Beazley researched her material with care and the book makes fascinating reading. Madocks relationship with his agent, John Williams, is fascinating - and Williams devotion against all the physical odds is as remarkable as Madocks' own determination to carry on to the end, no matter what the obstacles - and they were many. Not just lack of money, but misfortune, and not least, the very inclement weather which more than once nearly destroyed all that had been achieved. Turbulent tides, howling gales, and also, the poet Shelley renting Madocks' house, and suddenly leaving with debts behind him.
Rachel Bowen
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