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Trefnant School House

A Grade II Listed Building in Trefnant, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.2238 / 53°13'25"N

Longitude: -3.4235 / 3°25'24"W

OS Eastings: 305060

OS Northings: 370583

OS Grid: SJ050705

Mapcode National: GBR 6M.0WC2

Mapcode Global: WH76V.D70D

Entry Name: Trefnant School House

Listing Date: 9 January 1998

Last Amended: 9 January 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19202

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Adjoining the school to the rear (E) and set back slightly from the road.

County: Denbighshire

Town: Denbigh

Community: Trefnant

Community: Trefnant

Built-Up Area: Trefnant

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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School master's house, built in 1860 as part of the Trefnant school complex and adjoining the school proper. Designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, architect of London; the land was given by Mr and Mrs Townsend Mainwaring of Galltfaenan Hall who had previously commissioned Scott to design the memorial church in 1853; the neighbouring rectory completes the Scott parochial group.


Schoolmaster's house in restrained Tudor-Gothic style, adjoining the school to the rear. Of uncoursed, roughly-dressed limestone blocks with tooled ashlar dressings; slate roofs with overlapping copings to gable parapets. Two staged chimneys with splayed sides, chamfered tops and cornice bands. Double-pile plan, the L (NW) pile advanced slightly and larger than that to the R; both have steep gables. The R (entrance) section has a shouldered arch with stopped-chamfered jambs (broach stops) and expressed, pointed relieving arch; original recessed, boarded door. Above, a rectangular window with chamfered jambs, splayed sill and iron-framed lozenge glazing (boarded at time of inspection, 7/97). A flush stepped buttress occupies the narrow R return between school house and the school proper (the former advanced slightly in front of the latter). The L pile has a 3-light mullioned window to the ground floor and a 2-light to the first, both with glazing as before and segmental and pointed relieving arches respectively; some replaced casement sections. Single light with 2-light window beyond to long L return (NW) and further, similar windows to first floors of paired, flush rear gables. That to the R (W) has a contemporary single-storey lean-to projection with overlapping parapets to slate roof; 2-light mullioned window to front and a single-light to the side. The L gable has a modern 2-storey flat-roofed extension of rendered brick. A small, contemporary walled service court with Ty Bach in one corner lies in front of the latter.


Plain contemporary interiors with 4-panel doors and a straight-flight pitch-pine stair with turned newel and plain balusters.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special architectural interest as an attached school master's house, designed as part of a parochial group by Sir Gilbert Scott, the renowned Victorian ecclesiastical architect.

Group value with the church, rectory and the school, to which it is attached.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Trefnant School
    Located at the South-western edge of the village, 60m NE of the church; set back from the road behind a metalled forecourt.
  • II* Holy Trinity Church
    Located at the south-western edge of the village, set back within its churchyard to the NW of the Henllan to Trefnant Road.
  • II Lychgate at Holy Trinity Church
    Prominently located on the roadside in front of the church and set into the stone churchyard boundary wall.
  • II The Trefnant Inn
    Prominently located at the crossroads in the centre of the village.
  • II Former Rectory
    Located at the South-western edge of the village, 60m SW of the church; set back from the road behind a metalled forecourt.
  • II Milestone
    Located on the roadside, set back on the edge of a pavement, approximately 80m SE of the crossroads between the main road, Nant-y-Park Road and the B5381.
  • II Plas Newydd Lodge, including associated gates and screen walls
    On the road-side at the northern boundary of the community.
  • II L-shaped Coach-house Range at Plas Newydd
    Located immediately to the NW of Plas Newydd, partly enclosing a cobbled service court.

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