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Courtyard Ranges to the W of Wern Manor, including Stables, Coachhouse and Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9368 / 52°56'12"N

Longitude: -4.1705 / 4°10'13"W

OS Eastings: 254224

OS Northings: 339915

OS Grid: SH542399

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.M1D6

Mapcode Global: WH55K.XF6Y

Plus Code: 9C4QWRPH+PQ

Entry Name: Courtyard Ranges to the W of Wern Manor, including Stables, Coachhouse and Tower

Listing Date: 15 June 1993

Last Amended: 30 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4627

Building Class: Domestic

ID on this website: 300004627

Location: Wern is a small country house set in its own grounds approximately 2km W of Tremadoc and 0.5km S of Penmorfa; reached from A 497 along a private drive. The stables and coach-house are immediately to

County: Gwynedd

Town: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Locality: Wern

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

Tagged with: Courtyard

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In 1892 John Douglas, architect of Chester, completely remodelled an existing country house for the engineer R M Greaves and these courtyard ranges are part of that remodelling although like the house they retain fabric from the earlier buildings.


Built of local rubble stonework with slated roofs with rooflights; the two ranges forming the 'L'-plan are focused on the clock tower built up from the NW corner. This 2-storey tower is to an ornate design and is capped by a swept pyramidal roof rising to the clock and louvred bellcote. The snecked masonry and freestone quoins of the upper part contrast with the earlier rubble below. Freestone is also used for the gabled dormers on each of the four sides of the tower, and their ball finials; these have 2-light leaded windows. The clock and bellcote are timber; clock faces to three sides but hands are missing. The west range comprises the coach-house and stables; in the angle is a large covered loading area with gabled roof, the apron boarded, and boarded doors. Well ventilated stables to left have paned hopper windows flanking central boarded stable door with overlight; stone lintels. The north range includes the Turbine House and Gun Room (later the Estate Office) and has red brick chimney stacks heightened in yellow brick. Two windows flank the Turbine House entrance, both are twinned horned 4-pane sashes; one retains ornate timber blind box. The Gun Room at the right end has tall gable with roundel over boarded door flanked by 3-light diamond-leaded windows. The south gable end of the coach-house and stable range range has unusually massive quoins and the roof is canted forward at the apex to form a winch cover over the loft door. The rear of this range has some blocked openings and there is an added, parallel, coach-house with yellow-brick segmental arch. To rear of the Turbine House is a low addition with similar sash and small-pane windows and attached to the north side of the clock-tower is a 3-window range. Walled garden beyond containing glasshouses.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an integral part of the remodelled Wern Manor, a complete service yard designed about a strongly modelled tower, forming a group with Wern Manor and other associated items.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Wern Manor
    The manor is set in its own grounds, some 2km W of Tremadoc and S of Penmorfa village, and can be reached by the private driveway from the main road.
  • II Front Terrace, Balustrade and Steps at Wern Manor
    The terrace is in front of the main SW elevation of Wern Manor.
  • II Ornamental Garden Pool at Wern Manor
    Wern Manor lies S of Penmorfa village, and is accessed from the main Portmadoc to Cricieth road. The pool is at the E end of the formal garden at the S of the house.
  • II Summer House at Wern Manor
    Wern Manor is a small country house approximately 2km W of Tremadoc. The gardens lies to the S and E of the house with the summer-house at the E end of the formal layout.
  • II Wern Lodge
    The lodge stands back from the road, N of the railway bridge on the S approach drive to Wern, and faces the main, south, drive at its gated entrance.
  • II Gates to Wern Manor
    The gates are adjacent to the lodge, on the S approach drive to Wern.
  • II Bryn-y-wern
    The house stands NW of Wern Manor, and approximately 200m S of the Church of St Beuno in the village of Penmorfa.
  • II Chest Tomb in churchyard of the Church of St Beuno
    The Church of St Bueno lies along a minor road running SW from Penmorfa. The chest tomb is close to the SE angle of the chancel.

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