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A Grade II Listed Building in Caerhun, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2174 / 53°13'2"N

Longitude: -3.8514 / 3°51'4"W

OS Eastings: 276478

OS Northings: 370532

OS Grid: SH764705

Mapcode National: GBR 62.16Y4

Mapcode Global: WH54C.TD68

Plus Code: 9C5R648X+XF

Entry Name: Maes-y-Castell

Listing Date: 13 October 1966

Last Amended: 21 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3174

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located approximately 1km W of Caerhun on a rise above the Afon Roe; accessed via a track leading E from a lane running from Llanbedr-y-Cennin to Pontwgan.

County: Conwy

Community: Caerhun

Community: Caerhun

Locality: Maes-y-Castell

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The original house was built in 1582 by Captain Edward Williams, High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire in 1570; he added the S chapel to Caerhun Church in 1591and died in 1607. The house was almost entirely rebuilt in 1886, though a fine ceiling was saved from the earlier building and an armorial plaque was incorporated externally. An out-of-character modern porch addition has been added to the S.


Storied house of rubble with some decorative timber framing; slate roofs and plain 2-stage chimneys. The building is L-plan with a W (entrance) range and a N cross-wing; the former has a 2-storey gabled porch with an inset sandstone plaque bearing the arms of Williams and the initials EW and GW (for Edward and Grace Williams). In front of the cross-wing and adjoining to the S, a large single-storey modern porch. The W (garden) side of the cross-wing has two 3-light mullioned and transomed windows to the ground floor flanking an entrance with modern door. Cross-window to first floor at R, with, to the L, a jettied timber-framed section with close-studding; 2 further cross-windows. The remaining openings are modern.


3-bay beamed ceiling to ground floor of W range of high quality; this originally served one room (presumably the hall), though this is now partitioned into 2 rooms. Main and secondary beams and joists are all finely moulded; some re-located panelling survives to both the ground and first floors.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for the special interest of its fine ceiling, described by the Royal Commission as one of the finest examples of its period in the county.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Farchwel
    Prominently located above a bend in the main road (B5106) and set back to the W, approximately 1km SW of Caerhun; accessed via a long metalled track running W from the road.
  • II Pont y Ddol
    Spanning the Afon Roe and carrying an unclassified lane leading NW from Pontwgan to Roewen, 50m SE of Pont Gorswen.
  • II Barn at Bryniau Melynion
    Located immediately to the N of Bryniau Melynion farmhouse, its S gable end set into a slight slope.
  • II Bryniau Melynion
    Located approximately 1.2 Km NW of Llanbedr-y-Cennin on an elevated site above Maes-y-Castell farmhouse; set back to the W of a metalled lane leading S from the Pont-y-Ddol to Llanbedr-y-Cennin villag
  • II Pont Farchwel
    Former road bridge over the Afon Roe approximately 0.5km N of Castell and immediately to the E of the present, modern road bridge over the B5106 (Llanrwst Road).
  • II Pont Gorswen
    Spanning the Afon Roe and carrying an unclassified lane leading NW from Pontwgan to Roewen.
  • II Pen-y-Clogwyn
    Located approximately 0.6km ENE of Llanbedr church in an isolated position adjoining a burial ground to the S; sited slightly above a lane running N from the Capel Salem at Llanbedr, on top of a low r
  • II Caer Rhun Hall
    Located 200m NW of Caerhun church, set back from the main Bettws-y-Coed - Conwy road (B 5106) on the E side behind high rubble walls.

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