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A Grade II Listed Building in Porthmadog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9274 / 52°55'38"N

Longitude: -4.1335 / 4°8'0"W

OS Eastings: 256679

OS Northings: 338796

OS Grid: SH566387

Mapcode National: GBR 5P.MQC5

Mapcode Global: WH55L.GPW4

Entry Name: Gatws

Listing Date: 1 April 1974

Last Amended: 26 September 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4405

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Porthmadog

County: Gwynedd

Town: Porthmadog

Community: Porthmadog

Community: Porthmadog

Built-Up Area: Porthmadog

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Gatws, or Gate Lodge, stands at the original entrance to Morfa Lodge, and was probably built in the 2nd quarter of the C19. It is shown on the 1842 Tithe map. Morfa Lodge was built by the landowner William Madocks (1773-1828), but its date is uncertain as it could belong to the 1st or 3rd decade of the C19. The drive (known as Morfa Lodge) on which Gatws stands is no longer directly linked to the house formerly known as Morfa Lodge (now Gelli Faia).


A double-fronted 1½-storey lodge of coursed stone, a roof of fishscale slates incorporating bands of octagonal-pattern slates, on projecting eaves and with stone end stacks. The central entrance has a boarded door with overlight and is flanked by 2-light casement windows in original openings. In the L gable end is a 2-light casement window under a hood mould, with bullseye window in the gable, both replacements in original openings. Set back on the R side is a projection under a single-pitch roof concealed from the front by a coped ridge, which has a 2-light window. The rear has a doorway to the L, then a 2-light window in an original opening, an inserted window, and another replacement window to the R. The rear roof slope has 2 added skylights.


Not inspected.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special architectural interest as a lodge retaining definite C19 regional character and notable for its distinctive use of slate.

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