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Latitude: 51.5422 / 51°32'31"N
Longitude: -3.3814 / 3°22'53"W
OS Eastings: 304297
OS Northings: 183495
OS Grid: ST042834
Mapcode National: GBR HN.G45V
Mapcode Global: VH6DX.BHRL
Plus Code: 9C3RGJR9+VC
Entry Name: Y Felin Wynt Tower
Listing Date: 1 February 1996
Last Amended: 18 August 2000
Source ID: 16877
Building Class: Industrial
Location: Located on top of the hill (Y Graig) to the W of Llantrisant. Reached by a footpath from Heol-y-Graig.
County: Rhondda Cynon Taff
Locality: Y Graig
Built-Up Area: Llantrisant
Traditional County: Glamorgan
Tagged with: Architectural structure
A stone tower known locally as Y Felin Wynt, Hen Felin Wynt or Billy Wynt. The tower was already shown as 'an old tower' on Bowen's map of South Wales in 1729, and a windmill next to the town was said to have been destroyed during a battle in the C13. It survived as a tall tower during most of the C19, but it was much reduced by 1890. In 1893 the Llantrisant Town Trust employed Gomer S Morgan, architect, to restore the ruin as a folly, the works including the addition of steps and wide copings.
A circular tower of rubble sandstone, approximately 3m high and 5m in diameter. The sides are vertical with slightly battered bases constructed on bedrock. There is a doorway under a segmental head of narrow stone voussoirs to the S, but no other external openings. The walls are topped with large flat coping stones linked by iron straps, which are shaped to the wall circumference and act as a walkway.
Internally, the rock floor is exposed. To the L, a curving flight of stone steps rises to the copings. There is a ledge 0.4m below the top, also with stone copings. Two pairs of beam holes are placed diametrically opposite each other, their lintels formed by the copings of the ledge. Opposite the doorway and above the ledge is a semi-circular recess.
Listed as a late Victorian folly created from the tower of an important early windmill.
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