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

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Latitude: 52.7885 / 52°47'18"N

Longitude: -3.7929 / 3°47'34"W

OS Eastings: 279188

OS Northings: 322719

OS Grid: SH791227

Mapcode National: GBR 64.X94C

Mapcode Global: WH67N.Q51M

Plus Code: 9C4RQ6Q4+9R

Entry Name: Blaenau

Listing Date: 26 May 1995

Last Amended: 26 May 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16053

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located about 2km NW of Rhydymain at the end of a long lanel eading NW form the A 494 near the Pont Rhyd-ddwl.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth (Brithdir a Llanfachreth)

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth

Locality: Rhydymain

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Late C17/early C18 substantial farmhouse altered and extended in second quarter and later C19. The primary house was a north-facing 2-and-a-half storey, 3-window house, to which a further bay was added to the W gable end shortly afterwards. The house was then re-orientated eastwards and an L-shaped E entrance range was added. Blaenau was the birthplace and home of Rice Jones (1713-1801), the poet and antiquary.


Rubble construction, the C19 work of coursed blocks; slate roofs and plain stacks with weather-coursing. 3-bay E (entrance) front with 2 wide gabled bays flanking an entrance bay, that to the L advanced; simply-moulded bargeboards with expressed purlin ends to verges. Later C19 part-glazed door with wooden canted bay windows to the ground-floors of the flanking gabled bays; plain Victorian sash glazing and dentilated cornices. Earlier C19 12 and 16-pane recessed sash windows to the upper floors, the latter to the L bay. Slate-hung S side with lateral chimney (C19). Beyond, a storied, canted bay window with small-pane glazing. The N elevation has a large gable to the L, absorbing the 2 left-hand bays of the primary house. Entrance to bay 2 with 4-panelled door with square doorlights above. Flanking this, a 12-pane sash window to L and a 20-pane sash to R; two 8-pane sashes to the first floor with a further, blocked window to the L. To the R a vertical masonry break; the added bay beyond this is built into the hill; boarded door to L with small, 4-pane light to R. 2 gabled dormers to roof, one on either side of the break; 4-pane windows. Further plain C19 service wing to rear.


Entrance hall and stairwell with late C19 polychromed floor-tiles. 6-panelled doors with reeded late Regency architraves to main rooms; panelled reveals. Drawing room (to R) with early C18 raised and fielded dado panelling, large-field and now painted; associated panelled window seat. Tall Victorian stained glass window to stairwell; contempoarry oak staircase with turned, finialled newel posts, turned balusters and oak stairs. 2-panel C18 door to first floor passage. Stopped-chamfered mainbeams to early part on both floors and some contemporary random-width floorboards to the first. Pegged upper cruck truss with collar and tie-beam to N attic; beamed ceiling and 2-bay upper cruck roof as before to W bay at upper level; this with large blocked inglenook to gable end.

Reasons for Listing

An early vernacular house with C19 remodelling, retaining much internal and external character and historically the home of the poet Rice Jones.

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  • II Llwyn-y-Cynfal
    Located approximately 600m NE of Rhydymain on the slope of the hill above the Afon Wnion; accessed via a track leading from a lane running NE from the A 494 near the Pont Rhyd-ddwl.
  • II Ty-Cerig Blaenau
    Located 1km N of Rhydymain overlooking the Afon Wnion on an elevated site; accessed via a long farm track leading NE from a lane joining the A 494 near Pont Rhyd-ddwl.
  • II Former Farmhouse at Felin Newydd
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  • II Felin Newydd
    Situated approximately 1km SW of Rhydymain at the northern-most end of Bryn-Coed-Ifor, between the main road and the Afon Wnion; set into a steep slope.
  • II Barn to S of Hendre Fridd y Mynach
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  • II Barn at Ty Mawr including attached Water-Wheel
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  • II Ty Mawr
    Located about 1km NE of Rhydymain; accessed via a farm track from the A 494 Dolgellau Bala road; in its own farmyard.

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