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Ffynnon-Bedr Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Caerhun, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2038 / 53°12'13"N

Longitude: -3.8533 / 3°51'11"W

OS Eastings: 276312

OS Northings: 369013

OS Grid: SH763690

Mapcode National: GBR 62.20H6

Mapcode Global: WH54C.SQ9S

Plus Code: 9C5R643W+GM

Entry Name: Ffynnon-Bedr Cottage

Listing Date: 17 March 1953

Last Amended: 21 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3160

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located 1km SE of Llanbedr-y-Cennin church in a field sloping to the W; accessed via an unmetalled track leading W from the lane from Tal-y-Bont to Llanbedr-y-Cennin.

County: Conwy

Community: Caerhun

Community: Caerhun

Locality: Llanbedr-y-Cennin

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Early site probably associated with Medieval pilgrimage trade to the neighbouring St Peter's well. Early foundations on the site reveal a large complex to which the present cottage may relate, though in part this evidence is overlaid with 2 later agricultural buildings. Although largely remodelled in the C18 and C19, the cottage is in essence C16 or earlier and, before its flooring over and raising, was probably of open hall and service bay type. The cottage was the holiday home of the authoress Angela Brazil, and many of her novels were written here between 1904 and her death in 1949.


2-storey 3-window cottage of whitened rubble construction with pronounced boulder foundations; modern slate roof with plain end chimneys. Off-centre (L) entrance with modern part-glazed door and 2-pane early C20 casement to L; similar, 4-pane window to R and 3 further casement windows to first floor under the eaves. To the L, a later flush lean-to with slate roof and boarded door to front. C18/C19 outshut to centre rear, raised to 2 storeys some twenty years ago; entrance to its R return, under a slated open porch. Earlier C20 gabled dormer to L, on main block roof, with 4-pane casement as before; large modern French doors to ground floor beneath. Earlier C20 brick WC extension to the R of the central projecting block, with small store to R, beyond porch entry; this with corrugated iron roof. Small, square light with plain glazing to R gable of main block.


Slate flagged floor to ground floor space; the larger hall section (to the R) is divided from the end bay to the L by a crude partition of timber uprights, the infill removed. Early C19 plain, stick-baluster stair adjoins this to the hall side, with an added mid-Victorian turned pine newel post; ball finial. Roughly-chamfered ceiling beams and narrow, shallow-chamfered joists. Large inglenook fireplace to R gable end with wide, chamfered bressummer; the walls at this end are up to 1.5m in thickness. C19 bolted collar trusses to roof.

Reasons for Listing

A sub-Medieval vernacular cottage with possible Late Medieval origins. Group value with other listed items at Ffynnon Bedr.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Stable and Cart Range at Ffynnon-Bedr
    Located immediately opposite Ffynnon Bedr Cottage to the W
  • II Barn at Ffynnon-Bedr
    Located immediately SW of Ffynnon Bedr Cottage on a sloping site, its W gable built into the hill.
  • II Agricultural Range at Gwern Felin
    Located immediately to the W of Gwern Felin farmhouse facing a random-cobbled yard.
  • II Tyddyn-y-Coed Farmhouse
    Located approximately 1km S of Llanbedr-y-Cennin on an elevated site set against the E slope of Pen-y-Gaer; accessed via a track leading on from a metalled lane which runs SE from Llanbedr village.
  • II Former Farmhouse at Gwern Felin
    Located 0.5 Km from Tal-y-Bont W of the Conwy Road (B 5106); accessed via a farm track leading S from a lane running parallel with the Afon Dulyn.; set in its own part-cobbled farmyard, opposite a ru
  • II Ye Olde Bull Inn
    Prominently located at the T-junction at the village centre; built into the slope of the hill.
  • II Church House
    Prominently located at the T-junction at the village centre opposite the Bull Inn; built into the slope of the hill.
  • II Church Cottage
    Prominently located at the T-junction at the village centre opposite the Bull Inn; built into the slope of the hill.

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