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Maes-y-Groes Bella

A Grade II* Listed Building in Cilcain, Flintshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1608 / 53°9'38"N

Longitude: -3.2155 / 3°12'55"W

OS Eastings: 318825

OS Northings: 363322

OS Grid: SJ188633

Mapcode National: GBR 6W.4Z9M

Mapcode Global: WH774.LT06

Entry Name: Maes-y-Groes Bella

Listing Date: 22 October 1952

Last Amended: 16 October 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14890

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated set back from the road 2.2 km SE of Cilcain, reached from the by road between Loggerheads and Cilcain.

County: Flintshire

Community: Cilcain

Community: Cilcain

Locality: Bryn-y-Castell

Traditional County: Flintshire

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History

Late C16 or early C17 house, originally a 2 unit building with a chimney-backing-on-the entry plan form which may have contained an open hall into which a floor was later inserted. In the C18 a single storey extension was then added to the east, a beam in the kitchen is said to have been dated 1729. This wing was heightened and extended in the C20. Maes-y-groes Bella is mentioned in Edward Lhwyd's List of Tai Cyfrifol or 'Notable Houses' in the parish of Cilcain of 1707.

Exterior

L-shaped, uncoursed rubble construction, two storeys with attic. Renewed slate roof. Front elevation: each floor has two 3-light mullioned windows with renewed sandstone dressings. To left large rubble gable chimney, to right a rubble corner stack rises the full height of the building and heats a first floor room. Both gables have upstanding verges and copings. Right hand gable-end elevation, land falls way to the S giving an additional storey in the form of a cellar. The cellar was formerly reached through the house but is now entered from a wooden door. Single 3-light mullioned window with sandstone dressings to ground and first floor, inserted in C20. Attic storey window C20 addition. To east rubble two storey extension, slate roof, C20 windows. Left hand gable end, contains original door backing onto the chimney. C20 window to first floor.

Interior

Hall contains deep fireplace with bressummer above which is set an axial beam. The further end of this axial beam is supported on a flat bracket against a post and panel partition which separates the hall from the parlour. The parlour contains a C20 fireplace, in its original position and an axial beams runs from the centre of the window. The staircase is a C20 insertion not in its original position. The eastern extension contains a large rubble stack dating to the C18 remodelling of the house when this area was used for services. At first floor level there is an late C16 or early C17 open arched braced truss with cusped struts. The room above parlour has a timber-framed partition the upper part of which has been converted in the C20 into an attic bedroom reached by a step ladder.

Reasons for Listing

Listed at grade II* as an important and interesting example of a late C16 or early C17 minor gentry house which retains evidence of its original plan-form and early features.

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