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Stable range to NW farmyard

A Grade II Listed Building in Pentir, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.2037 / 53°12'13"N

Longitude: -4.191 / 4°11'27"W

OS Eastings: 253756

OS Northings: 369641

OS Grid: SH537696

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.22F1

Mapcode Global: WH546.LQHV

Entry Name: Stable range to NW farmyard

Listing Date: 26 August 1992

Last Amended: 22 September 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4185

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Adjoining the Long Barn on the N and at right angles, and closing the W side of this farmyard.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bangor

Community: Pentir

Community: Pentir

Locality: Vaynol Park

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The extensive model farm was begun by the Assheton-Smith family in the later C19 using the wealth created by the Dinorwic Slate Quarries, which enabled them to undertake continual improvements to Vaynol Park. The Vaynol Papers have exceptionally detailed accounts of expenditure on the horses (by name) and the stables include evidence of continual improvements. Alterations to this range took place at the time of the Investiture of Charles, Prince of Wales.


Built of polygonal rubble with a slate roof having 3 raised louvred ventilators. The building is 'L'-shaped at the S end against the Long Barn. The original boarded doors have been replaced during to conversion to small workshops, but tall windows, the glazing also altered, retain the horizontal ventilation slit over the openings, typical of the later C19 estate farm buildings. All openings have voussoirs forming flat arches with keystones. A blacksmith's shop is placed towards the N end, retaining a brick forge. The former slaughterhouse was at the N end. Off-centre doorway to the N gable end. To the rear, a band of ventilators appears below the eaves for the southern section.


Typical late C19 roof structure.

Reasons for Listing

Included for group value with neightbouring listed buildings as part of the important and well preserved estate farm buildings at Vaynol Farm.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Range attached to W end of Long Barn
    Vaynol Farm lies to the N of Vaynol Old Hall. This range is attached to the Long Barn in line, and stepped down, with twin yards at the W end.
  • II* Long Barn at Vaynol Farm
    The long barn stands at the centre of the Vaynol Farm buildings, the gable end facing the E approach drive. The farm lies to the N of Vaynol Old Hall.
  • II Cart shed to NW farmyard, including hammel to rear.
    Set at right angles to the Long Barn on the N side, and closing the E side of this farmyard, facing the hammel and haystore in the NE farmyard. Vaynol Farm lies N of Vaynol Old Hall.
  • II Detached small range to SW of Long Barn
    Vaynol Farm lies to the N of Vaynol Old Hall. This range is detached following the demolition of adjoining structures at right angles to the W end of the Long Barn. It faces E across the N gable end
  • II Hammel and haystore to NE farmyard
    Set at right angles to the NE end of the Long Barn, and on the opposite side of the narrower NE farmyard from the hammel at the rear of the cartshed range. Vaynol Farm lies to the N of Vaynol Old Hal
  • II Farmyard range to S of Long Barn
    The range of farm buildings is at right angles to the S of the Long Barn, and forms the westernmost of 3 parallel ranges which make 2 narrow gated farmyards aligned N-S, N of Dairy Cottage. The rang
  • II Chapel to SW of Vaynol Farm
    The chapel is set to the WSW of Vaynol Farm, and set back from the main drive running N from Vaynol Hall.
  • II Detached small range to NW of Dairy Cottage
    Vaynol Farm lies to the N of Vaynol Old Hall. This building is NW of Dairy Cottage and facing the S end of the westernmost of the 3 parallel farmyard ranges, S of the Long Barn.

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