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A Grade II Listed Building in Abergele, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2745 / 53°16'28"N

Longitude: -3.5884 / 3°35'18"W

OS Eastings: 294174

OS Northings: 376461

OS Grid: SH941764

Mapcode National: GBR 3ZCK.XW

Mapcode Global: WH657.VYDK

Plus Code: 9C5R7CF6+RJ

Entry Name: Bryngwenallt

Listing Date: 5 August 1997

Last Amended: 5 August 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18711

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located on the S edge of the built up area of Abergele. The house stands well back from the road in its own landscaped grounds.

County: Conwy

Town: Abergele

Community: Abergele

Community: Abergele

Built-Up Area: Abergele

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Mansion house built in 1867 by Richard Owens, architect of Liverpool, for the Liverpool industrialist John Roberts, father of the first Lord Clwyd. Richard Owens was surveyor to John Roberts' father, David Roberts, before starting his own practice which specialised in chapel building. Bryngwenallt is a rare surviving example of a domestic building by this prolific architect.


Gothic style small country house. Built of snecked limestone, now partly pebbledashed and painted, with slate roofs, banded with green fish-scale slates. The entrance is set under a tall 4-storey crenellated tower with double lancets at the top stage, and a taller circular stair turret in the N corner. The door is set behind a 4-centred arch on granite nook shafts with limestone capitals. Above a canted stone-framed oriel balcony. Mullioned and transomed timber windows with external staff mouldings throughout. The wing to the left of the entrance tower has been replaced with an arcaded yard; to the right, a 2 storey and attic range, terminating in a short wing with a 5-light canted oriel window overlooking the garden, set over cross windows on the ground floor. This, the SE garden elevation, has a canted window in the gabled second bay, and a recessed and raised open timber verandah of 4 bays with balcony to the first floor, at the NE end. The gable end facing NE, containing the main drawing room, has a 2-storey canted bay with cross plate glass windows, the top of which is crenellated under the gable. The wing on the NW contains the grand stair, which has stained glass in trefoil headed lights within the third gable, and an open verandah overlooking the garden.


Not accessible at time of inspection (1997) but said to retain a broad stone staircase.

Reasons for Listing

Included, despite the loss of one corner, as a notable example of a mid-Victorian industrialist's mansion and as a house designed by a significant chapel architect.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Lodge to Bryngwenallt
    The lodge is located close to the road, at the bottom of the driveway that winds up through the gardens to Bryngwenallt.
  • II Tyddyn-Morgan
    Located on high ground, at the end of a farm track off Tan-y-gopa Road, which winds its way along the S side of Gopa Wood.
  • II Roberts Monument at Eglwys Mynydd Seion
    The monument stands in the graveyard, opposite the main S front of the chapel.
  • II Eglwys Mynydd Seion
    Chapel Street runs S from the centre of the town. The chapel is set on an elevated platform, almost opposite the junction with High Street.
  • II Tyddyn-uchaf Old Farmhouse
    Located on high land, and reached by a farm road off the Tan-y-gopa to the Dulas Valley and Betws-yn-rhos. The old house is set at right angles to the present house.
  • II Estate Boundary Wall to Gwrych Castle Park (part in Abergele Community)
    Gwrych Castle lies in parkland immediately W of Abergele. The wall forms the park boundary, extending into Llanddulas and Rhyd-y-foel and Betws-yn-rhos communities.
  • II Nant-y-Bella Lodge
    Located on the roadside approximately 1km from the Abergele Lodge, on a sloping, partly-wooded site.
  • II Glan Aber
    On the western edge of Abergele, immediately beyond the Police Station, and set back in its own large gardens, approached by a curving driveway

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