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Cottage at Valle Crucis Abbey

A Grade II Listed Building in Llantysilio, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 52.9888 / 52°59'19"N

Longitude: -3.1859 / 3°11'9"W

OS Eastings: 320492

OS Northings: 344149

OS Grid: SJ204441

Mapcode National: GBR 6Y.HLMK

Mapcode Global: WH784.146L

Entry Name: Cottage at Valle Crucis Abbey

Listing Date: 22 April 1998

Last Amended: 22 April 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19694

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: The building is set between the abbey ruins and the river, south of the abbey fishponds.

County: Denbighshire

Town: Llangollen

Community: Llantysilio

Community: Llantysilio

Locality: Valle Crucis

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The building was probably originally erected as a 'banqueting house' probably of late C17 origin, altered in the C18, probably by the Wynnstay Estate as a lodge for visitors to the ruins, part of the romantic experience fashionable in society from c1760 to c1850. A date of 1773 appears over the lower door. It was later used as the custodian's accommodation, Miss Jane Lloyd being a well remembered figure, with an inventory of 1881 surviving. It is now a store. It appears, with 2 stacks, in a line engraving by Thomas Nicholson in 1824, and, poorly observed, in later prints.


Built of stone, and now rendered and whitewashed, with a slate roof, hipped at the N end and with a raised coping at the S. Upper floor and basement. A flight of 4 steps leads to the C18 6-panelled door with a flat canopy over. Later timber 2-light casement windows with top lights, leaded glazing, and stone sills, but a large canted bay window with 12-paned sashes at the N end overlooks the fishponds, formerly with views up the valley past Eliseg's Pillar. One off-centre brick stack and a larger external stack at the S end. A small iron window ventilates the storage area at the rear.


The main floor consists of 2 heated rooms, the smaller N room providing the painterly views. A recess in the back wall and a fireplace on the S gable wall with windows either side. The undercroft consists of a larger kitchen where food preparation took place in advance of the visiting party, and a smaller cobbled store room and niche in the wall.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a rare building type, of particular importance for its association with the romantic tourist movement which flourished from the later C17 and continuing into the early-mid C19. Of special importance as of group value with the Grade I Valle Crucis Abbey.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • I Valle Crucis Abbey
    The abbey lies in the lower Eglwyseg valley between the main road and the river, approximately 0.9km N of Llangollen.
  • II Well House at Abbey Farm
    The well house is built into the embankment of the road by Abbey Farm, facing the lane leading to Valle Crucis.
  • II Pentrefelin Tramway Viaduct
    The viaduct crosses the valley of the River Eglwyseg immediately NE of the junction of the A542 and the B5103 at Pentrefelin.
  • I Pillar of Eliseg
    The pillar is raised on a tumulus, approximately 50m from the road, and 400m N of Valle Crucis Abbey
  • II Pentrefelin House
    The house stands above the canal and River Dee, at the junction of the Horseshoe Pass road with the B5103 Rhewl Road.
  • II Pentrefelin (Afon Eglwyseg) Aquaduct
    Located in Pentrefelin, near the junction of the A542 with the B5013, NNW of Llangollen.
  • II Pentrefelin Bridge, Llangollen Canal Bridge No 48
    The bridge spans the Llangollen Canal N of Llangollen and immediately E of Pentrefelin, at the foot of the Horseshoe Pass, carrying the road to the Pentrefelin works which are immediately to W.
  • II Maes-y-llyn Farm Building
    The building stands against and at right angles to the main Horseshoe Pass road, approximately 170m N of the Pillar of Eliseg.

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