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Railway Tunnel Portal

A Grade II Listed Building in Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0038 / 53°0'13"N

Longitude: -3.9434 / 3°56'36"W

OS Eastings: 269690

OS Northings: 346930

OS Grid: SH696469

Mapcode National: GBR 5Y.GW03

Mapcode Global: WH559.DRFL

Entry Name: Railway Tunnel Portal

Listing Date: 1 February 1996

Last Amended: 1 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16885

Building Class: Transport

Location: At the S entrance of Blaenau railway tunnel, immediately W of the road on the downhill approach to the town from the Crimea Pass.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ffestiniog

Community: Ffestiniog

Locality: Llechwedd Slate Mine

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Exterior

History: Tunnel entrance dated 1879 and constructed for the LNWR at the mouth of the Blaenau Tunnel. By W. Smith, engineer, whose name appears on a date plaque above the entrance arch.

Description: Broad semi-circular arch set within tapered and pedimented portal. Of snecked, rough-dressed stone; expressed voussoirs and simple arch ring. The pediment, with central recessed slate date plaque, is set over a dentillated cornice. Stepped and angled retaining walls to either side of the entrance.

Listed for its special interest as a C19 railway tunnel portal and for group value with other listed items at the former Llechwedd railway sidings.

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  • II* Hydro-Electric Powerstation
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  • II Railway Bridge at Former Llechwedd Sidings
    Near the S entrance of Blaenau railway tunnel, immediately W of the road on the downhill approach to the town from the Crimea Pass.
  • II Weighbridge House
    By the side of the road on the former railway sidings, near the mouth of the Blaenau tunnel.
  • II Crane at Former Llechwedd Sidings
    Located by the side of the road on the former railway sidings, near the mouth of the Blaenau tunnel.
  • II Quarryman's Cottages
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