Clough Williams-Ellis, the man who conjured Portmeirion into existence, was a dreamer all his life. In his youth the second son of the Reverend John Clough Williams-Ellis imagined another life for himself. “As a child I just lamented that my lot was cast in Victorian non-conformist Wales instead in some such sparkling city as decadent 18th Century Venice,” he later remembered.
Full piece in British Ideas Corporation, Festival No. 6 Special