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

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Latitude: 52.7864 / 52°47'11"N

Longitude: -3.7802 / 3°46'48"W

OS Eastings: 280040

OS Northings: 322470

OS Grid: SH800224

Mapcode National: GBR 65.XD79

Mapcode Global: WH67N.X725

Plus Code: 9C4RQ6P9+HW

Entry Name: Llwyn-y-Cynfal

Listing Date: 26 May 1995

Last Amended: 26 May 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16054

Building Class: Domestic

Location: 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.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth (Brithdir a Llanfachreth)

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth

Locality: Rhydymain

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Sub-Medieval storeyed farmhouse; late C16, the main front formerly with 4 dormers to the roof, an alteration itself replaced during a C19 (?) raising of this elevation.


Rubble construction on part-boulder foundations with cyclopean blocks to lower walling; rendered parapets and end chimneys, the latter reduced and with weather-coursing. Slate roof with plain eaves; rendered gables. The main (SE) side has an off-centre entrance (to L) with a fine Tudor arch with slate-stone voussoirs and a crude returned label; deeply-recessed boarded door. Flanking windows to L and far R with projecting stone lintels, and a small light to the R of the entrance. Evidence for former rubble dormers to upper floor; 4 square windows relate to these. Opposing entrance to rear with exposed timber lintel and deeply-recessed boarded door; flanking windows (original openings) with similar lintels and a further window beyond. Stair-light to R gable and further small light to L gable. Despite inappropriate modern glazing to all windows the openings themselves (except those to first-floor front) are primary.


The interior was not inspected at the time of survey, though a number of internal features are known to survive: cross-passage plan; hall with stopped-chamfered ceiling beams and joists and a large end fireplace with inglebeam; also a mural corkscrew stair with Tudor-arched wooden entrance.

Reasons for Listing

An important early survival of C16 upland storied house retaining much of its historic integrity, notwithstanding modern glazing.

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  • 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 Ty Mawr
    Located about 1km NE of Rhydymain; accessed via a farm track from the A 494 Dolgellau Bala road; in its own farmyard.
  • II Barn at Ty Mawr including attached Water-Wheel
    Situated opposite Ty Mawr and at right-angles with it.
  • II Blaenau
    Located about 2km NW of Rhydymain at the end of a long lanel eading NW form the A 494 near the Pont Rhyd-ddwl.
  • II Barn to S of Hendre Fridd y Mynach
    Diagonally opposite Hendre Ffridd y Mynach and attached to it by a high rubble wall.
  • II Former Farmhouse at Felin Newydd
    Located approximately 1km SW of Rhydymain at the northern-most edge of Bryn-Coed-Ifor, between the main road and the Afon Wnion; set into the slope immediately up-hill from the water mill.
  • 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.

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