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Howel-Sele Lodge

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7648 / 52°45'53"N

Longitude: -3.8619 / 3°51'42"W

OS Eastings: 274466

OS Northings: 320198

OS Grid: SH744201

Mapcode National: GBR 61.YY36

Mapcode Global: WH56H.NR6V

Entry Name: Howel-Sele Lodge

Listing Date: 26 May 1995

Last Amended: 26 May 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16050

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located about 1km SE of Nannau in the former estate deerpark; accessed via a track leading S from the Llanfachreth-Dolgellau lane.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth (Brithdir a Llanfachreth)

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth

Locality: Nannau

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

Second-quarter C19 folly-lodge built at the entrance to the former deer park of Nannau by Sir Robert Williames Vaughan, Bart., in picturesque, semi-ruinous Tudor-Gothic style. The published sketches of P.F. Robinson, architect of London apparently formed the basis of many of the estate buildings at Nannau.

Exterior

Small storeyed lodge of irregular plan; coursed rubble construction with slate roof. The main front has a large shallow canted bay with 3-light wooden mullioned and transomed central window and narrow flanking transomed lights; pointed-arched heads. To the R an entrance, stepped-up with pointed-arched doorcase and boarded door; returned label above. Above this a recess formerly containing a cartouche or plaque. To the L of the bay a tall octagonal corner turret with blind arched slits and an open light to the ruined top; battered base. 2 stringcourses, one above the other towards the top, continued along the main face above the bay where the parapet has a 'ruined finish'. 2-light windows as before and with returned labels to the sides. Further, lower turret to the NE corner, connected to the main block by a short stretch of rubble walling. Central gable and 2 half-gables behind the parapet to the rear, forming a 2-valley roof; plain end chimney to the gable. Single-storey lean-to projection along the length of the rear with further central gable projecting out from this; window as before and modern window and entrance to sides.

Adjoining the Lodge to the SW and attached to it by a short section of curved rubble walling, a contemporary arch in Tudor style; rubble construction. Central Tudor arch with label and flanking turrets as before, though without decorative slits; stringcourses as before. Adjoining section of rubble wall to the SW, returned to join the perimeter wall of a field. The tops of the arch, turrets and wall are left ruinous. Probably contemporary cast iron gatepiers with shaped finials and wide gate; intersecting, hooped decoration.

Reasons for Listing

An interesting earlier C19 folly-lodge relating to Sir Robert Williames Vaughan's estate improvements. One of a series of unusually varied designs for the period.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Adjoining Arched Gateway to Howel-Sele Lodge
    Located about 1km SE of Nannau in the former estate deerpark; accessed via a track leading S from the Llanfachreth-Dolgellau lane.
  • II Arch to the SW of the Howel-Sele Lodge
    Located 200m SW of Howel-Sele lodge at the foot of deer park hill at Nannau; immediately N of the keeper's lodge and walled kitchen garden.
  • II Arch at Maes-y-Bryner Isaf
    Located 1km SW of Nannau hall at the boundary of the Llanelltyd community with the Brithdir and Llanfachreth community. The archis on the Llanelltyd side of an unnamed stream and spans a metalled road
  • II* Nannau
    Situated in its own park on a striking, elevated site 3km SW of Llanfachreth village; accessed via a drive leading W from the Llanfachreth-Dolgellau road.
  • II Coed-y-Moch Lodge
    Located at the SW boundary of the community at a cross-roads between the Llanfachreth-Dolgellau lane and a further lane running E to join the A 494.
  • II Decorative Gate including Railings and Gatepiers opposite Coed-y-Moch Lodge
    Located opposite the Coed-y-Moch lodge on the Llanfachreth -Dolgellau lane.
  • II Curved forecourt Walls to Coed-y-Moch
    Located at the SW boundary of the community at a cross-roads between the Llanfachreth-Dolgellau lane and a further lane running E to join the A 494.
  • II Garth-Bleiddyn
    Situated 2.5 Km NE of Dolgellau at the eastern extremity of Llanelltyd community. Immediately to the S of a metalled lane leading from Llanelltyd bridge ultimately to Llanfachreth; accessed via a shor

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