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Braich-y-Ceunant

A Grade II* Listed Building in Brithdir and Llanfachreth (Brithdir a Llanfachreth), Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7468 / 52°44'48"N

Longitude: -3.8334 / 3°50'0"W

OS Eastings: 276341

OS Northings: 318154

OS Grid: SH763181

Mapcode National: GBR 93.00T9

Mapcode Global: WH67V.27V1

Entry Name: Braich-y-Ceunant

Listing Date: 26 May 1995

Last Amended: 26 May 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16013

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located at the end of an access lane running E from an unclassified road which runs SE off the B 4416; approximately 170mS of St. Mark's church.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth (Brithdir a Llanfachreth)

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth

Locality: Brithdir

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

Sub-Medieval farmhouse, probably late C16, substantially altered and extended early C18 and dated 1717; later C18 and C19 cosmetic alterations.

Exterior

Rubble construction, of one-and-a-half storeys; L-plan. Slate roofs (renewed) with gable-end chimneys with plain capping and weathercoursing. Near-symmetrical main (NE facing) range with central entrance; C19 flush 6-panel door with plain rectangular door light and above, a shallow recess. 4-pane late C19 sash windows, that to the L broader. 3 rubble dormers with hipped slate roofs to upper floor with windows slightly breaking the eaves; early C19 12-pane sashes. Rubble lean-to to R with slate roof and boarded S side; corrugated iron doors. Rear range with kneelered gable parapet with overlapping coping; rendered gable. Gabled and storeyed stair projection to its E side, with 4-pane window as before to the upper floor. Later lean-to in front, attached to the rear of the main range and flush with its E gable. Here a C20 part-glazed door; modern rooflight. To the L of the stair projection, a dormer as before with a blocked entrance beneath. Above its stone lintel an inset lead plaque bearing initials LL, D, L, DV, WA, DI, GON, and date 1717. This is probably ex situ and originally filled the recess above the main entrance. Large gabled dormer to rear, originally a gabled lateral chimney and subsequently altered; 4-pane window as before to upper floor and a modern window below. Large 4-pane sash toground floor R.

Interior

Post-and-panel partition to L of entrance hall. Ground floor L room with stopped-chamfered beamed ceiling with small ogee stops. Early C18 panelled window seat (raised and fielded panels) with similar shutters, presently removed for conservation (January1995). Contemporary oak 4-panel door and 2 similar (raised and fielded) 2-panel pine doors, originally painted. The room in the rear range has stopped-chamfered main beams as before and 2-panel early C18 narrow cupboard doors flanking a C19 slate fireplace at the gable end. A large mass of masonry between the entrance hall and the stair-well relates to the primary building and has a large exposed lintel and a small recess; this does not appear to have been either a stack or a newel stair. Early C18 oak dog-leg stair with raised and fielded panelled side; plain square newels and simply-moulded hand-rail, bobbin-turned balusters and a small upper landing with contemporary flat, S-shaped balusters. The upper floor retains most of its original random width oak floorboards and has oak plank partition walls, pre-C18 and early C18. All doors are either early or mid C18 and are 4-5-and 6-panelled, as before with moulded or plain doorcases. Former wig closet within the wall thickness in the upper L room; C18 shelving and door as before. Crude stone lintel to fireplace with panelled cupboard door to L. Raised and fielded dado panelling to front-facing room including window seat as before. In the opposite corner a tall panelled cupboard, built-in with 2 doors, possibly a former gun-cupboard.

Reasons for Listing

Included at grade II* as a sub-Medieval house within which unusually complete C18 interior detail survives.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • I Church of St Mark
    Located off the road on a slight rise, set within its walled churchyard.
  • II Goedlan
    Located off the road on a slight rise, approximately 70m SE of St. Mark's Church; at the end of a short drive.
  • II Ty Glas Farmhouse including attached Byre
    Located off the road at the end of a short farm track, approximately 160m NE of St. Mark's Church.
  • 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.
  • II Brithdir Independent Chapel including Low Front Walls, Railings and Gates
    Situated on the SE side of the road just to the SW of Brithdir.
  • II Tyddyn Garreg Farmhouse
    At the end of a farm track some 400m NE of the chapel at Tabor.
  • II Maes-yr-Helmau Farmhouse
    Situated on a high bluff just below a rocky knoll overlooking Clywedog and reached via a farm track leading off the A470 l.2 km E of the service station E of the town.

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