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Ffynnon Gowper

A Grade II Listed Building in Trefriw, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1292 / 53°7'45"N

Longitude: -3.7989 / 3°47'56"W

OS Eastings: 279731

OS Northings: 360623

OS Grid: SH797606

Mapcode National: GBR 64.6TXZ

Mapcode Global: WH65X.ML5Z

Entry Name: Ffynnon Gowper

Listing Date: 30 May 1996

Last Amended: 30 May 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16942

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Located on the W side of the B 5106 (Gwydir Road), approximately 750m SE of Gwydir Castle.

County: Conwy

Town: Llanrwst

Community: Trefriw

Community: Trefriw

Locality: Gwydir

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

The ancient fountain of St. Albright was given a new structural focus by Lord Willoughby De Eresby of Gwydir Castle c.1830; at its opening the `Good Lord Willoughby' and his lady provided the local poor with refreshment and a small gift of money.

Exterior

The fountain consists of a central stepped plinth within a slightly raised semicircular terrace with low retaining walls. The plinth is plain and of three tiers, constructed of large limestone ashlar blocks; at the base of the front are central and outer square blocks creating a division for 2 fountain jets. These are discharged via 2 plain iron settings in the centre of the plinth; they are currently not operative (1996). Flanking the fountain wide, low retaining walls curve out convexly to enclose the terrace to the W. These are of large slate-stone ashlar blocks and have slightly-overhanging coping stones. The walls terminate at the sides in square, squat piers with large overhanging capping blocks with deeply-chamfered upper faces. The terrace is accessed via 2 steps constructed of huge slatestone blocks and has a simple decorative pavement of conjoined octagonal slatestone sets; there are 2 openings into a drainage channel beneath the twin waterspouts.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its local historic interest as part of Lord Willoughby De Eresby's Gwydir Castle estate improvements.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Tyn-y-Coed
    Set back and raised up on a revetted bank on the W side of the B 5106 (Gwydir Road), some 220m SE of Gwydir Castle.
  • II Tyn-y-Coed
    Set back and raised up on a revetted bank on the W side of the B 5106 (Gwydir Road), some 220m SE of Gwydir Castle.
  • II Gwydir Cottage
    Set back and raised up slightly on the W side of the B 5106 (Gwydir Road), some 200m SE of Gwydir Castle.
  • I Gwydir Uchaf Chapel
    Strikingly located on an elevated plateau immediately above Gwydir Castle and NW of the Carreg-y-Gwalch; adjacent to Gwydir Uchaf.
  • II Knot-garden arch at Gwydir Castle with associated courtyard walls
    Located in the centre of the SE wall of the enclosed knot-garden at Gwydir Castle and giving access to the commemorative gardens beyond.
  • II Gwydir Uchaf
    Strikingly located on an elevated plateau immediately above Gwydir Castle and NW of the Carreg-y-Gwalch; adjacent to Gwydir Uchaf Chapel.
  • II* Raised walk at Gwydir Castle
    Listed as a mid-Tudor carved courtyard or garden arch, with associated walls. Additional NG Ref's 27970 36097 to 27988 to 36107 Group value with other listed items at Gwydir Castle.
  • I Gwydir Castle (including gatehouse)
    Located approximately 1km S of Llanrwst at right-angles with the B5106 (Gwydir Road).

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