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Former Corn Mill

A Grade II Listed Building in Ysbyty Ifan, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.024 / 53°1'26"N

Longitude: -3.7282 / 3°43'41"W

OS Eastings: 284179

OS Northings: 348809

OS Grid: SH841488

Mapcode National: GBR 67.FDTY

Mapcode Global: WH66J.P8V2

Entry Name: Former Corn Mill

Listing Date: 8 April 1997

Last Amended: 8 April 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18308

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Set back slightly at the village crossroads diagonally opposite Pont Ysbyty Ifan.

County: Conwy

Community: Ysbyty Ifan

Community: Ysbyty Ifan

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

Second-quarter or mid-C19 century water-powered corn mill. A corn mill is recorded at Ysbyty Ifan in documents of 1746 and 1767, and is described as stone-built and slated in the latter. It is possible that the present, C19 mill was a rebuilding of this earlier mill which, in fragment, may be incorporated. The wheel and machinery are apparently replacements of the late C19; the mill was worked until c1960.

Exterior

2-storey water-driven corn mill of coursed, rough-dressed rubble under a medium-pitched old slate roof. Symmetrical 3-bay entrance front (NW-facing) with central entrance and original recessed, boarded stable door; simple decorative iron hinges, pegged wooden surround. Flanking this, two square 2-light boarded windows and, to the first floor, three equally-spaced square windows with C20 6-pane fixed glazing. The ground-floor openings have large dressed slate lintels, recessed slightly below narrow returned labels. The SW side has a large wheel pit with external pitchback, iron-rimmed waterwheel of approximately 4m diameter; wooden struts and paddles survive, no visible foundry plate. To the L of this a 2-light shuttered window and to the upper floor, three windows as before. Gable entrances to both ends, that to the SW raised and with external stepped access; boarded door, modern metal handrail. The NE gable entrance is accessed via two worn steps and has its original boarded stable door and pegged frame; lintel as before. Small square vent-light to gable apex.

Interior

The internal machinery is mostly intact, although to a large degree replaced in the late C19: iron toothed wheel and 4 pairs of stones; overhead shafting and wheels to first floor, together with sack hoist and wooden stairs; plain pine joists to ceiling.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special historic interest as a fine C19 village corn mill retaining its machinery.

Group value with other listed items at Ysbyty Ifan.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II ,2,Mill Street,Ysbyty Ifan,,,
    Facing the river Conwy on its W bank in the centre of the village; immediately SW of the Pont Ysbyty Ifan, rubble-walled and gated forecourt.
  • II ,1,Mill Street,Ysbyty Ifan,,,
    Facing the river Conwy on its W bank in the centre of the village; immediately SW of the Pont Ysbyty Ifan, rubble-walled and gated forecourt.
  • II ,3,Mill Street,Ysbyty Ifan,,,
    Facing the river Conwy on its W bank in the centre of the village; immediately SW of the Pont Ysbyty Ifan, rubble-walled and gated forecourt.
  • II ,4,Mill Street,Ysbyty Ifan,,,
    Facing the river Conwy on its W bank in the centre of the village; immediately SW of the Pont Ysbyty Ifan, rubble-walled and gated forecourt.
  • II Former Wheelwright's Workshop.
    Set into a slight slope immediately S of the village crossroads, adjacent to the former corn mill.
  • II Bryn Ffynnon
    Located some 30m S of the Pont Ysbyty Ifan on the W bank of the river Conwy and centrally-placed within an arc of three estate terraces, rubble-walled and gated forecourt.
  • II Pen-y-Bont (formerly Penrhyn Arms Inn)
    Prominently located in the centre of the village at the W approach to Pont Ysbyty Ifan.
  • II Bryn Ffynnon
    Located some 30m S of the Pont Ysbyty Ifan on the W bank of the river Conwy and centrally-placed within an arc of three estate terraces, rubble-walled and gated forecourt.

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