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Main Entrance to Vaynol Park, including flanking approach walls,

A Grade II Listed Building in Pentir, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1959 / 53°11'45"N

Longitude: -4.1851 / 4°11'6"W

OS Eastings: 254123

OS Northings: 368765

OS Grid: SH541687

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.2PTP

Mapcode Global: WH546.PX9T

Plus Code: 9C5Q5RW7+9X

Entry Name: Main Entrance to Vaynol Park, including flanking approach walls,

Listing Date: 26 August 1992

Last Amended: 22 September 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4199

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: The grand gated entrance to the main drive is flanked by similarly designed stretches of broadly curved boundary walls, contiguous with the boundary walls to the Park. The Grand Lodge lies directly be

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bangor

Community: Pentir

Community: Pentir

Locality: Vaynol Park

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

The Agents Account Books for the 1860's and 1870's have numerous references to 'expenditure on Vaynol [or "Park"] wall'. The 1st edition OS map, surveyed in 1888, shows what appears to be this entrance, although the more Edwardian style suggests later enrichment.

Exterior

Of rock-faced snecked rubble with freestone dressings. The tripartite main entrance is in a free Indian style, with tapered pilasters and flat pyramidal finials, and bracketed cornice, repeated on piers on the flanking walls. Segmental arch to the main carriageway, and flanking semi-circular headed pedestrian arches, all with voussoirs. Iron gates with scrollwork below the lock rail. Further 'bays' to either side, each with a semi-circular headed and iron barred aperture.

The boundary walls that adjoin at right angles, gently stepped downwards, are in a similar manner to the main entrance and form a pair of deep quadrants, each of 8 bays and more finely detailed than the main wall. Battered walls and plinth and channelled freestone pilasters, coping and finials; distinctive voussoired straight-sided oval apertures, similarly iron-barred, to each bay. On the SW side, close to the main entrance, one bay is opened between piers leading to the drive to Wern-y-Gogas.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an impressive park entrance, of group value with the Park Boundary Wall and Grand Lodge.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Grand Lodge at Main Entrance to Vaynol Park
    Set well back from the main Caernarfon to Bangor road, behind the boundary wall that curves inwards towards the Main Entrance to the drive.
  • II Boundary Wall to Vaynol Park, including railings along the Menai Strait shore.
    Approximately 2.5km of stone boundary wall enclosing the landward side of Vaynol Park and bordering the A487.
  • II Wern Gogas
    Located remotely in the S corner of Vaynol Park, and reached by a track running parallel and within the estate boundary wall SW from outside the Main Entrance Gates by the Grand Lodge to Vaynol Park.
  • II Singrig
    Situated at the NE end of Y Felinheli in the Aber Pwll area. On the SE side of the former A487, some 250m SW of its junction with the B4547 to Pentir. Set below road across stream with half-round he
  • II Singrig
    Situated at the NE end of Y Felinheli in the Aber Pwll area. On the SE side of the former A487, some 250m SW of its junction with the B4547 to Pentir. Set below road across stream with half-round he
  • II Singrig
    Situated at the NE end of Y Felinheli in the Aber Pwll area. On the SE side of the former A487, some 250m SW of its junction with the B4547 to Pentir. Set below road across stream with half-round he
  • II Stables and Brood Mare's Yard
    Set in the heart of Vaynol Park, E of the Old Hall, and in a secluded setting amongst trees at a lower level than the drive running S from Vaynol Farm.
  • II Classical statue to SW of Vaynol Hall
    The statue stands on the axis of the SW garden of Vaynol Hall, in a clearing on the edge of woodland beyond the garden balustrade.

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