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A Grade II Listed Building in Botwnnog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8514 / 52°51'4"N

Longitude: -4.6361 / 4°38'9"W

OS Eastings: 222593

OS Northings: 331465

OS Grid: SH225314

Mapcode National: GBR 51.SG8X

Mapcode Global: WH33G.RLJF

Entry Name: Letty

Listing Date: 11 February 1998

Last Amended: 11 February 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19335

Building Class: Domestic

Location: In a walled garden with cobbled flooring on the S side of the minor road which runs S of the churchyard of St Mary, Bryncroes.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Pwllheli

Community: Botwnnog

Community: Botwnnog

Locality: Bryncroes

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Pair of late C18 or early C19 croglofft cottages now joined internally into a single dwelling. Marked on the 1840 Bryncroes Tithe Map as owned by Thomas Jones and occupied by William Williams.


Whitewashed stone, single-storey cottages. Roof of small slates, laid in regular courses; two end and one off-centre stone chimneystacks with shaped caps and water tabling. Window openings have whitewashed stone lintels and thin slate sills. N Front has (l to r): Vertical 8-pane fixed light ( with top 2-pane opening light); a C20 glazed door; a 15-pane fixed light; a smaller 9-pane hornless sash; then a C20 door in two halves (with applied hinges) and finally a 4-pane horned sash window. C20 single-storey lean-to at W end, with boarded door to E. Rear elevation has (l to r) C20 glass porch; a 6-pane sash; a 4-pane casement window and a C20 window to right.


W cottage has characteristic croglofft layout with front door opening directly into the kitchen, which is open to the roof. Large fireplace recess although original stone fireplace lintel now removed; painted clay flooring squares. Cutting across the room is the original wood partition, which rises the full height of the house and has an upper doorway - now reached by a modern stair rather than the traditional loft ladder - leading to an attic bedroom. At the apex of the roof the rafters are visible and are halved over one another. The interior of the E cottage has been extensively modernised, but the position of the original croglofft is still discernible. Monolithic jambs to centre fireplace; chamfered wooden lintel.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a vernacular cottage pair, a rare survival in the region of traditional croglofft type, retaining some elements of the original construction and plan; also for its group value with the nearby Church of St Mary, Bryncroes.

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  • II Ffynnon Fair and Bridge
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  • II Capel Ty Mawr
    Reached along a minor road which runs N of the B4413 some 4 km W of Sarn Meyllteyrn: sited next to the road in a small grassed enclosure, bounded by a low stone wall with ornate wrought-iron gate.
  • II Salem Chapel
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  • II Trygarn
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  • II Pencruga
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