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Merlin Hotel

A Grade II Listed Building in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6037 / 51°36'13"N

Longitude: -3.3484 / 3°20'54"W

OS Eastings: 306708

OS Northings: 190289

OS Grid: ST067902

Mapcode National: GBR HQ.B0H9

Mapcode Global: VH6DJ.XY5H

Entry Name: Merlin Hotel

Listing Date: 17 July 1990

Last Amended: 26 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13530

Building Class: Commercial

Location: At the junction with Laundry Road.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Town: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Locality: Pwllgwaun

Built-Up Area: Pontypridd

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Dated 1887.

Exterior

A simple Gothic style public house of 2 storeys with attic, of coursed rock-faced stone with freestone dressings and quoins. The slate roof has brick stacks. The windows are horned sashes under shouldered lintels, except for the pointed attic windows. The bar windows have frosted glass. The Pwllgwaun Road elevations has 3 paired bays, of which the outer bays are advanced and gabled. Laundry Road has a 4-window elevation, alternate bays having gabled attics. The main entrance is on the splayed corner, with a recessed doorcase and inner porch.

The chief interest of the building is the especially fine figure of Merlin supported by all the main elements of Welsh folklore. The statue is in the style of Thomas Nicholls who worked for William Burges, most notably on the sculptures at Castell Coch and Cardiff Castle. Merlin stands holding a harp with a goat and a leek at this feet and over the cusping to the front of the domed canopy are 2 dragons. Merlin stands on a polygonal bracket and the niche has a scalloped head. The whole is crowned by a pediment with ornate foliage and dated roundel.

Reasons for Listing

Listed primarily because of the special interest of the corner statue and its rare subject.

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