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Ty Gwyn with Davey Jones' Locker Cafe

A Grade II* Listed Building in Barmouth, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7193 / 52°43'9"N

Longitude: -4.0519 / 4°3'6"W

OS Eastings: 261504

OS Northings: 315493

OS Grid: SH615154

Mapcode National: GBR 8T.1M0Z

Mapcode Global: WH56L.QXQ5

Entry Name: Ty Gwyn with Davey Jones' Locker Cafe

Listing Date: 3 April 1951

Last Amended: 31 January 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4897

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Located at right angles with the harbour street and sited against a gentle slope; set back slightly behind modern dwarf rubble walls enclosing a raised patio area.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Barmouth (Bermo)

Community: Barmouth

Locality: Barmouth Harbour

Built-Up Area: Barmouth

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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`Ty Gwyn yn Bermo' was built in the third quarter C15 by Gryffydd Fychan of Corsygedol, a staunch Lancastrian and one of the principle supporters of Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke. It is described in a cywydd by the famous contemporary poet Tudur Penllyn as `above the salty beach and the foaming white lake of Barmouth below.' Since the C18 antiquarians had tried to locate the building mentioned in the poem, but Pennant already assumed it to have been lost. Despite this, Ty Gwyn is shown on a late C18 map of the harbour area, and it appears prominently in a number of C19 engravings. The building was `rediscovered' some 15 years ago.


Rectangular first-floor hall block of uncoursed rubble with slate roof; stone coped gables with moulded kneelers, that to the W with a squat end chimney. Vernacular Tudor-arched entrance to lowerfloor of E gable end with deeply recessed modern glazed door. Abovethis, a modern recessed 9-pane sash window. The long S side has raised access to the upper floor; plain entrance with near-flush modern boarded door. 2 small flanking slit-windows. In front of the upper S side is a walled forecourt with stone stepped access at its Wend. This raised forecourt sits on top of a much altered single-storey addition which runs along the whole length; 3 modern 6-pane windows tothe S side of this with, on its E face, set back slightly from the main gable, a modern entrance with boarded door.


7-bay upper hall with chamfered collar trusses arched to the wall plate and tenon purlin construction. 2 trusses, on the N wall, W end are supported on rough stone corbels. (Apparently) contemporary segmentally-arched fireplace to W wall (presently obscured, autumn 1994). Stopped-chamfered ceiling beams to lower (originally service) room, some of which appear to be original. Primitive end fireplace to W, opposite the entrance, with rough segmental arch; hewn rock flanking this to L and R, giving the impression of battering. 2 blocked window embrasures on N wall together with a blocked entrance and, to the R of the fireplace a crude niche; all are probably later. Further blocked window opening in the S wall. There is a rock-cut basement at the E end.

Reasons for Listing

Included at grade II* as a highly important late medieval first-floor hall of historic and literary significance.

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  • II Ty Crwn (The Lock-up)
    Standing about 40m to the W of Ty Gwyn, behind Abermaw Terrace, and in a recent landscaped setting.
  • II St David's Church
    Prominently located at the approach to the lower part of the town centre; on a triangular plot with Harbour Lane to the S and with stone gate piers to rubble boundary wall.
  • II Former Wash-House or Shop advanced to the R of Quay Cottage
    Set back from the street line behind dwarf rubble forecourt walls with simple central gate. The cottage is partly overlapped to the L by a late C19 gabled shop building.
  • II Quay Cottage
    Set back from the street line behind dwarf rubble forecourt walls with simple central gate. The cottage is partly overlapped to the L by a late C19 gabled shop building.
  • II Walsal House (The Old Tea Rooms)
  • II Attached Cottage tot he rear of Walsal House
    On the street line.
  • II Anchor Cottage
    On the street-line, partly set back behind a modern brick dwarf-walled forecourt/garden.
  • II Nos.2 & 3 Bennar Terrace,,,,,gwynedd,
    Bennar Terrace is a steeply sloping footpath, one of the principal routes to thread its way through Old Barmouth. Nos 2 and 3 form a long row, tucked against the slope immediately behind the blocks r

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