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Walls and Steps retaining Croquet Terrace, with Enclosing Walls and Arches N and S of Lily Terrace

A Grade II Listed Building in Eglwysbach, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2342 / 53°14'3"N

Longitude: -3.8002 / 3°48'0"W

OS Eastings: 279942

OS Northings: 372310

OS Grid: SH799723

Mapcode National: GBR 64.07C8

Mapcode Global: WH65B.LYLY

Plus Code: 9C5R65MX+MW

Entry Name: Walls and Steps retaining Croquet Terrace, with Enclosing Walls and Arches N and S of Lily Terrace

Listing Date: 12 November 1996

Last Amended: 12 November 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17563

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Leading down from Bodnant house to the W.

County: Conwy

Community: Eglwysbach (Eglwys-bach)

Community: Eglwysbach

Locality: Bodnant Gardens

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The Bodnant estate was bought in 1874 by Henry Pochin, a wealthy industrial chemist, who refaced and altered the existing house of 1792. On his death in 1895 the estate passed to his daughter, Lady Aberconway who, together with her son, Henry Duncan McLaren, carried out a series of ambitious additions to a garden design initially laid out by Edward Milner c1875. The main focus of this phase was the creation of five terraces to the W of the house; conceived in 1903, they were constructed between 1905 and 1914.


Long terrace retaining wall of rubble, roughly 4.5m high, with central semi-octagonal fountain basin and stepped access at the N and S ends. The fountain has a segmentally-arched niche and a recessed plaque above inscribed: 'These terrace gardens were designed by Henry Duncan McLaren, 1905'. Flanking the fountain the terrace wall has 5 large, stepped buttresses to each side, effectively dividing the wall into a large central, and 5 flanking bays; the 2 outer bays have a low, coped wall head, whilst the remainder is surmounted by a plain wooden balustrade. The steps are arranged in an L-shape in three flights of 12, 12 and 5 steps respectively and have stone-coped parapets and single round-arched niches to their flanks. Stone coped, rubble walls continue westwards at a height of roughly 1.5m from the steps, to enclose the Lily Pond on the N and S sides; in the centres are round-headed arches with stepped, coped parapets rising to ball finials.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for the special interest of the contribution to these important gardens and for group value with other listed items at Bodnant.

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  • II Semi-circular Walls and Steps leading to Canal Terrace
    Leading down from Bodnant house to the W, below the Lily Terrace.
  • II Bodnant
    Set in an outstanding garden (publicly accessible courtesy The National Trust) high above the east bank of the River Conwy and approx 3km S of Llansanffraid Glan Conwy.
  • II* The Pin Mill
    Located to the W of the house at the southern end of the Canal Terrace.
  • II Furnace Mill
    Located on the eastern bank of the Afon Hiraethllyn, within The Dell, some 200m SW of Bodnant House; set against the slope of a hill.
  • II Old Bodnod
    Located approximately 1.5km NW of Eglwysbach village and 0.3km SE of Bodnant; set back to the W of a lane running SE from Bodnant to Graig; accessed via its own metalled drive.
  • II The Poem
    Located at the end of the dell on a rock outcrop; overlooking the Afon Hiraethllyn some 300m S of Bodnant House.
  • II Barn E of Old Bodnod
    Located some 20m E of Old Bodnod; set back slightly on the W side of the lane leading from Bodnant to Graig.

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