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Cae Hir Farmhouse (including attached Byre)

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanelltyd, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7608 / 52°45'38"N

Longitude: -3.9875 / 3°59'15"W

OS Eastings: 265981

OS Northings: 319986

OS Grid: SH659199

Mapcode National: GBR 5W.Z3W2

Mapcode Global: WH56F.QVCW

Plus Code: 9C4RQ266+8X

Entry Name: Cae Hir Farmhouse (including attached Byre)

Listing Date: 20 July 1995

Last Amended: 20 July 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16154

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located approximately 2km NE of Bontddu on an upland site 250m W of Hirgwm; accessed via a short track running SW of a narrow metalled road leading up from Bontddu.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanelltyd (Llanelltud)

Community: Llanelltyd

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Long early /mid C17 house and byre altered late C19. Originally an L-shaped house with a central stack and lower byre section, this arrangement was reversed in the C19 when the former parlour was turned into a large cart shed, and the lower byre section was given a chimney and adapted as a kitchen; the roof was also raised at this date.


Of rubble on a boulder plinth and set longitudinally against the slope of the hill. Slate roofs, partly old and undressed, partly renewed; rubble gable parapets and C19 squat chimneys with weather-coursing and capping. Off-centre entrance with C19 boarded door and modern window to the L; a large stone lintel spans both of these and testifies to a former twin byre entrance with shared lintel. Further window to the R with 4-pane C19 sash. 3 similar windows above contained within C19 gabled dormers with plain bargeboards. The former parlour (now byre) section has a large cart entrance with boarded doors and a blocked slit-window to R. Corrugated iron to rear pitch of cart house roof. Gabled projecting wing to rear with stepped access to boarded upper loading bay and entrance to R return. Further gabled dormer with modern glazing; further modern windows and a modern lean-to extension to R.


Large opposing fireplaces to hall and former parlour with chamfered inglebeams; partly uncovered beamed ceiling with chamfered detail to the hall, and a chamfered main beam survives to the lower room. 2-bay parlour section, originally floored over and with pegged collar and tie-beam trusses. To the L of the cart entrance, an inscribed stone with the name SYLVANUS in early lettering.

Reasons for Listing

A C17 house-and-byre retaining much of its historic character.

Group value with other listed items at Cae Hir.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Barn at Cae Hir
    Located immediately to the E of Cae Hir farmhouse and at right-angles with it.
  • II Byre Range at Cae Hir
    Located immediately NW of Cae Hir farmhouse and oriented E-Wagainst a gentle incline.
  • II Milestone
    Located at the junction of 2 paths some 150m uphill from the end of the metalled road from Bontddu.
  • II Barn at Ffridd-Ddu
    Located immediately S of Ffridd-ddu.
  • II Ffridd-Ddu
    Located approximately 2km NW of Bontddu in an upland situation on the banks of the Hirgwm and immediately N of the Pont Ffridd-ddu; accessed via a track leading NW from a metalled lane running NW from
  • II Former Dwelling immediately to S of Hendre Forion
    Located approximately 2km NW of Bontddu and immediately N of Pont Hirgwm; on a bend in a metalled lane running N from Bontddu.
  • II Y Refael
    Located on a slight rise in the village centre, immediately to the E of the Halfway House Hotel.

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