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Latitude: 53.203 / 53°12'10"N
Longitude: -4.1899 / 4°11'23"W
OS Eastings: 253830
OS Northings: 369566
OS Grid: SH538695
Mapcode National: GBR 5M.28NY
Mapcode Global: WH546.MR1C
Entry Name: Gateway with inscription set in N boundary wall of Terrace Garden opposite Vaynol Old Hall
Listing Date: 3 March 1966
Last Amended: 22 September 1997
Source ID: 4170
Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces
Location: Set in the heart of Vaynol Park, at the N end of the Terraced Garden opposite the N front of Vaynol Old Hall.
Locality: Vaynol Park
Traditional County: Caernarfonshire
Erected in 1634 to embellish the Terrace Garden, and to provide a link to the rear garden. The arch carries the initials TW/K for Sir Thomas and Katherine Williams. Thomas was the 3rd son of William Williams of Cochwillan.
Of dressed stone. A 4-centred arched gateway with a distinctive stepped hood, with a projecting keystone dated 1634 and initialled TW/K. It has stilted hoodmould and moulded jambs, the spandrels now eroded. The inner arch is touchingly inscribed on the soffit "Ye mystic Garden Fold Me Close I love Thee Well", and below, "Beloved Vaynol". In the opening, a scrolled C17 ironwork gate with a flat pointed arch.
Listed II* as an important dated element in the remarkable Terraced Garden facing Old Vaynol Hall.
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