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Gateway with inscription set in N boundary wall of Terrace Garden opposite Vaynol Old Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Pentir, Gwynedd

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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

Plus Code: 9C5Q6R36+63

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

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

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.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bangor

Community: Pentir

Community: Pentir

Locality: Vaynol Park

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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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.

Reasons for Listing

Listed II* as an important dated element in the remarkable Terraced Garden facing Old Vaynol Hall.

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