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Barn at Gwanas Fawr

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolgellau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7332 / 52°43'59"N

Longitude: -3.8216 / 3°49'17"W

OS Eastings: 277099

OS Northings: 316623

OS Grid: SH770166

Mapcode National: GBR 93.0XBW

Mapcode Global: WH67V.8KGH

Plus Code: 9C4RP5MH+79

Entry Name: Barn at Gwanas Fawr

Listing Date: 17 June 1966

Last Amended: 26 May 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4716

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: Immediately to the E of Gwanas Fawr, facing the house.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth (Brithdir a Llanfachreth)

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth

Locality: Gwanas

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Long post Medieval rubble barn of cyclopean boulder construction; perhaps second half C16. Inappropriate modern slate roof with skylights to both pitches. Off-centre entrance (to L) with opposing entrance to rear; stable and boarded doors respectively. Ventilation slits to bays 1-3, splayed inwardly. Square window to rear (bay 4) with plain glazing. Gable entrance to N with further ventilation slit above. Later 2-bay extension to L, set-back slightly. C19 roof; rear pitch with old slates. Entrance off-centre to R with modern door.


6 bays with original trusses; these are pegged upper crucks with tie beams and curved, all roughly chamfered. 2 tiers of trenched purlins, mostly original; modern rafters and ridge-piece. The 2 northern-most bays are stepped-down and a rubble wall has been inserted between bays 3 and 4 to tie beam level; this is cut in the centre.

Reasons for Listing

Included notwithstanding its modern roof covering as an otherwise complete and unusually long post-Medieval barn.

Group value with Gwanas Fawr.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Gwana Fawr
    Located on a rise some 4.2km S of Brithdir to the S of the A470; accessed via an unmetalled track.
  • II Pont Gwanas (partly in Dolgellau Community)
    Spanning the Afon Clywedog immediately N of the new road bridge on the course of the former road.
  • II Pont Gwanas
    On the loop of old road cut off by the new bridge to the North of the Cross Foxes Inn.
  • II Gwanas Farmhouse including attached Byre Range
    Located off the A 470 about 4 km S of Brithdir; accessed via a farm track leading W from the Caerynwch lane.
  • II The Cross Foxes Inn
    Prominently situated in open country at the Junction of the A487 to Machynlleth with the A470.
  • II Tyddyn Llwyn Farmhouse
    Located 3.5 Km S of Brithdir, to the E of a lane running S from the B4416 to the A 470; accessed via a gated farm track.
  • II* Plas Hen
    Located some 2km SW of Brithdir immediately to the E of a narrow lane linking the B 4416 with the A 470; raised above the lane and built into the bank of a hill. Also called 'Old Caerynwch'.
  • II Caerynwch
    Located in its own park 2km SE of Brithdir in a hollow facing the Afon Clywedog; at the end of a long drive running S from the Pont ar Ddibin.

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