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Smithy at Whitehurst Gate and House attached

A Grade II Listed Building in Chirk, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9569 / 52°57'24"N

Longitude: -3.0676 / 3°4'3"W

OS Eastings: 328376

OS Northings: 340475

OS Grid: SJ283404

Mapcode National: GBR 72.KRBW

Mapcode Global: WH785.VYD2

Plus Code: 9C4RXW4J+PX

Entry Name: Smithy at Whitehurst Gate and House attached

Listing Date: 4 January 1966

Last Amended: 29 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 627

Building Class: Industrial

Location: The building stands on the NW angle of the road junction with the B5605 Newbridge Road

County: Wrexham

Town: Wrexham

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Community: Chirk

Locality: Whitehurst

Traditional County: Denbighshire

Tagged with: House Smithy

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History

The building is reputed to be that of Mr Davies, a smith employed by Thomas Telford during his work on the Holyhead Road from 1819 onwards. The smithy has a keystone inscribed '1825 Davies' over the forge opening, probably reset.

Exterior

Stone with slated roof and stone stacks. Two storeys, two abutting 'L'-shaped buildings with left gables to the main road, the more westerly having the door and dormer window over with cut bargeboards. Gable stacks. The easterly building is set lower, and its E arm contains the smithy. Modern stained timber windows to the wings. The smithy has an open front to the B5605, a segmental arch with keystone inscribed 1825 Davies, now glazed.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a prominent building with associations with Telford and the realignment of the Holyhead Road, still retaining an appropriately robust rustic architectural character of the early C19 despite later alterations.

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