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Latitude: 53.2752 / 53°16'30"N
Longitude: -3.6127 / 3°36'45"W
OS Eastings: 292561
OS Northings: 376565
OS Grid: SH925765
Mapcode National: GBR 3Z6K.NN
Mapcode Global: WH657.GYX2
Entry Name: Betws Lodge
Listing Date: 5 August 1997
Last Amended: 5 August 1997
Source ID: 18660
Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces
Location: Gwrych Castle park boundary wall rises steeply to 138m along the road to Rhyd-y-foel. Betws Lodge lies outside the wall line, approximately 100m short of the junction of the road to Rhyd-y-foel centr
Traditional County: Denbighshire
Gwrych Castle was created by Lloyd Bamford Hesketh in association with Thomas Rickman from 1816. The boundary wall, with its various lodges and gates probably followed the main building's completion in c1822, although works continued until c1850. Betws Lodge forms the dramatic entrance to woodland outside the park, which was probably a hunting and shooting reserve.
A long front to the road, with a central chamfered 4-centred carriage arch set between twice offsetting buttresses, between which is an outset parapet on stone brackets, simulating machicolations, and is reduced in height at the centre. Outside the buttresses the parapet deepens dramatically, the outsetting brackets set low, and the wall extends to quasi-end towers, where the offsetting parapet returns to its former height. The intermediate section each side has sturdy raking buttresses at the mid point.
Included as an important element in the total setting of the Grade I Gwrych Castle, and of special interest in the history of the picturesque movement.
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