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Tai Uncorn

A Grade II Listed Building in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9959 / 52°59'45"N

Longitude: -3.9338 / 3°56'1"W

OS Eastings: 270309

OS Northings: 346039

OS Grid: SH703460

Mapcode National: GBR 5Y.HBWY

Mapcode Global: WH559.JYZM

Entry Name: Tai Uncorn

Listing Date: 1 February 1996

Last Amended: 1 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16854

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Set back behind a low walled garden on a slight rise at the NE end of the street.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ffestiniog

Community: Ffestiniog

Locality: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Built-Up Area: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

c1810 centralised domestic block built by Lord Newborough as a complex of 4 quarryman's dwellings built around a shared central stack in the manner of a cluster house. As such this represents probably the earliest surviving domestic building relating to Ffestiniog's famous slate industry. With a later C19 extension to the E and for some time converted into 2 cottages.

Exterior

Square, single-storey building of rubble block construction and with shaved corners; rock foundations to the NE. Pyramidal slate roof with rounded corners and over- sailing eaves; large, squat stack with weather-coursing and cornice; modern cement flaunching. The original entrances were on the S face (2 ) and to the E and W faces (one each). That to the former is obscured by a later C19 single-storey pitched slate roofed extension; modern doors to the remainder. Simple window openings to the side of the entrances with modern glazing.

Interior

The interiors have been modernised, though ladder access to an attic sleeping loft was formerly in evidence (information from the owner).

Reasons for Listing

A highly individual example of early C19 economic unit planning .

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  • II Former Diffwys Railway Station (now public toilets)
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  • II Masonic Hall
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  • II Former Vicarage
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  • II Craigbach
    On the street line opposite St. David's Church.
  • II Mile Post
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  • II Cwm Bowydd Farmhouse
    Located in the Bowydd valley bottom about 1km S of the town centre; accessed via a metalled farm track leading off from the Cwmbowydd road at its termination.
  • II Pant-yr-ynn Mill
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