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No 1 Gorphwysfa

A Grade II Listed Building in Mawddwy, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.6972 / 52°41'50"N

Longitude: -3.684 / 3°41'2"W

OS Eastings: 286295

OS Northings: 312393

OS Grid: SH862123

Mapcode National: GBR 99.31MG

Mapcode Global: WH683.CGYK

Plus Code: 9C4RM8W8+VC

Entry Name: No 1 Gorphwysfa

Listing Date: 25 July 1995

Last Amended: 4 November 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16270

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The two Gorphwysfa cottages stand immediately E of and facing the churchyard, crosswise to the main street.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Machynlleth

Community: Mawddwy

Community: Mawddwy

Locality: Mallwyd

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Nos 1 and 2 Gorphwysfa were originally one property, probably built in the C17, and said to have formerly been an inn. They were subdivided in the C18 to 3 cottages, and are now remodelled as two.


No 1 Gorphwysfa occupies the W end of the block. Built of stone, whitewashed, with boulder foundations; old slate roof with blue ridge tiles. Two storeys, 2 window bays, the entrance opening to the larger room on the right, and an internal door leading to the heated inner room at the W end of the block. Boarded front door, and two windows on the first floor and one on the ground floor to the left of the door, all replaced in the original openings with single sheet glass windows. Stack on W gable end with weather drip courses. Outshut to the rear with a small gabled stack, and a small gabled dormer window. The inn had a cellar.


The outer room has a chamfered spine beam and exposed joists. The wall between Nos 1 and 2 is a post and wattle and daub partition, and has a blocked doorway. One panel of this partition has remains of a wallpainting; a simple floral vertical meander pattern in dark grey/green with red ochre flowers; the painting extending over the timbers. Before damage in early 1999, there were three similarly painted panels. Evidence of former timber partition parallel to front elevation. A large inglenook fireplace to gable end has a chamfered lintel and a smaller recess to the right, perhaps a curing cupboard. C19 stairs. Upper floor has a woven hazel partition, originally plastered with daub. Roof truss only partially visible, but has heavy principal rafters, and the tie beam has been cut. The wall-paintings were seriously damaged by fire in early 1999.

Reasons for Listing

Included as part of a C17 house or inn, with stone exterior walls and timber and wattle internal walls, and of particular interest as retaining fragments of an important decorative secular wall paintings of the period, and as such a rare survival in a small domestic building.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Gorphwysfa
    The two Gorphywysfa cottages stand immediately E of, and face the churchyard, set crosswise to the main street of the village.
  • II* Church of St Tydecho
    The church stands at the S end of the village of Mallwyd, by-passed by the present A470.
  • II Y Rheithordy
    The rectory stands S of the church, approached by a curved driveway off the A470.
  • II Brigands Inn
    The inn is located on the corner of the the A470 Dolgellau to Machynlleth trunk road and the A458 to Welshpool.
  • II Bridge W of Pont y Cleifion
    The bridge is alongside and on the W side of the high level bridge that carries the A470 over the Afon Cleifion, just N of the village of Mallwyd.
  • II Milestone at Craig y Gronfa
    On the verge, c2.7km N of Cwm Llinau.
  • II Pont Wrysgen
    The bridge carries the main A458 Mallwyd to Welshpool Road over the Afon Cleifion, SW of Cwm Cewydd.
  • II Pont Minllyn
    The bridge crosses the Afon Dyfi a little to the SW of the modern bridge carrying the A470 to the N.

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