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Pengwern Arms Hotel

A Grade II Listed Building in Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9591 / 52°57'32"N

Longitude: -3.9363 / 3°56'10"W

OS Eastings: 270028

OS Northings: 341951

OS Grid: SH700419

Mapcode National: GBR 5Y.KQ8Y

Mapcode Global: WH55H.HWSB

Plus Code: 9C4RX357+MF

Entry Name: Pengwern Arms Hotel

Listing Date: 1 February 1996

Last Amended: 1 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16830

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Facing the square prominently to the N.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ffestiniog

Community: Ffestiniog

Locality: Llan Ffestiniog

Built-Up Area: Llan Ffestiniog

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Dated 1728 and apparently always an inn; altered and extended in the early C19 and again in the third-quarter C19. Originally in the possession of the Lewis family of nearby Pengwern Hall.


Large inn complex of three main ranges arranged as an L; chiefly of 2 stories. Of whitened and partly stuccoed rubble with slate roofs and plain, broad chimneys. The earliest section is the stuccoed central block. This is of two bays with large, early C19 16-pane sashes to both floors. In the centre is a fine recessed slate armorial plaque with the arms of the Lewis family and the inscribed date 1728. Adjoining this block to the R and at right-angles with it, an early C19 stuccoed block with hipped roof. Its entrance front faces W and is of 3 bays. Central entrance with modern boarded door and a plain rectangular fan. Flanking original 16-pane sash windows with 3 similar windows above. 2-window pebble-dashed S face with entrance to the R and windows as before.

To the L of the primary block, a third-quarter C19 2-storey, 3-bay range of whitened, snecked rubble; stone chimney to R with pronounced moulded capping. Recessed central entrance bay with modern glazed door and glazed inner porch. Above, a 20-pane contemporary recessed sash window, its outer panes narrower than the rest. The flanking bays are advanced and gabled, that to the L the wider. Plain bargeboards with simple wooden pendentives. Further, similar windows to ground and first floors and simple 4-pane sashes to the attics. Plain, broad stucco string course between the principal floors. In front of the central entrance bay, and extending into the flanking bays, a modern out-of-character porch, part-glazed and with hipped roof. Large projecting storeyed rear range with fenestration as before and full-height canted bay with hipped roof to gable end.


Plain, modernised interior.

Reasons for Listing

An C18/C19 inn retaining much of its external character in a prominent position within the village centre. Group value.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Meirion House
    Prominently located on the SE corner of the square partly behind a plain, railed forecourt.
  • II Ty'r Banc
    Facing the square to the SE; set back on a slightly raised terrace behind plain contemporary railings.
  • II Melbourne House
    Facing the square to the SE; set back on a slightly raised terrace behind plain contemporary railings.
  • II Milepost
    Prominently sited at the junction of the A 470 and the B 4391; facing Church Square to the W.
  • II Tegannedd
    Adjoining Melbourne house, stepped down and advanced; set back slightly behind a low rubble wall.
  • II Church of St Michael
    On a promontory of high ground at the western end of Llan Ffestiniog, set back slightly from the informal village square.
  • II Peniel Chapel (including hall addition to rear)
    Located approximately 91m NW of the A 470 in the centre of the village; set back behind contemporary decorative railings on a slightly raised, part-metalled terrace and accessed from the road via a sh
  • II Penralltgoch
    Located approximately 0.5km W of Ffestiniog village on a slightly raised terrace on the steep roadside.

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