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Betws Lodge

A Grade II Listed Building in Abergele, Conwy

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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

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

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

County: Conwy

Town: Abergele

Community: Abergele

Community: Abergele

Locality: Gwrych

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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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.

Reasons for Listing

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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  • I Gwrych Castle including attached walls and towers and Stable Block.
    About 2km W of centre of Abergele, set dramatically against a wooded hill slope; set back from and above B 4553.
  • II Nant Fawr
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  • II Nant-y-Bella Lodge
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  • II Tyddyn-Morgan
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  • II Pant Idda
    Located to the north-east of the community to the S of an unclassified lane running SW from Abergele towards Dolwen; set back behind modern forecourt walls.
  • II Lady Eleanor's Tower
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