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Castellated Gateway and Walls at Rhydyn Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Hope, Flintshire

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Latitude: 53.1086 / 53°6'30"N

Longitude: -3.0318 / 3°1'54"W

OS Eastings: 331026

OS Northings: 357319

OS Grid: SJ310573

Mapcode National: GBR 74.82AR

Mapcode Global: WH88R.D4J6

Entry Name: Castellated Gateway and Walls at Rhydyn Hall

Listing Date: 6 May 1998

Last Amended: 6 May 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19760

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Located immediately W of the lane some 100m SE of Bridge End bridge; giving access to the lower approach to Rhydyn Hall and the former spa.

County: Flintshire

Community: Hope (Yr Hob)

Community: Hope

Locality: Bridge End

Built-Up Area: Hope

Traditional County: Flintshire

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Castellated gateway and walls built to serve Rhydyn Hall and perhaps associated with repair works carried out there for a Richard Golightly Esq in 1839. Subsequently used as entrance gates for the Rhydyn Hall spa and hotel, which flourished at the turn of the century.


Castellated gate and associated screen walls in Picturesque folly style; of sandstone rubble construction. The walls are an average of 3.2m high and have crenellated wall heads. The main (lower) gateway has a large pointed arch with wooden portcullis, tipped with iron (most missing). The gateway is flanked by open pointed arched windows with further, blind arches flanking these. To the L the wall ascends the hillside in 4 stages, with a primitive geometric finial to the end of each; the wall has a further blind pointed arch with two circular oculi; these were formerly open (now blocked) and have iron grilles. The wall returns to the SE in a right-angle at its meeting with the upper drive (leading to Rhydyn Hall), which it then runs parallel with in similar style for some 20m. Here the wall returns again at right-angles to arch the road, though the arch itself was dismantled a few years ago and only piers now remain.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special historic interest as a mid C19 folly gateway in castellated style.

Group value with Rhydyn Hall.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Bridge End Bridge
    Spanning the river Alyn and carrying the A 550 approximately 1km S of Hope and 0.5km W of Caergwrle villages.
  • II* Rhydyn Hall
    Overloking the the river Alyn to the E, on the line of Wat's Dyke, approximately 0.5km E of Caergwrle village centre; accessed via an unmetalled lane running S from the road.
  • I Caergwrle Castle
    Strikingly-sited on a high natural hilltop site in the centre of Caergwrle; accessed via a path leading from the main road.
  • II Ty Gwyn, including attached wall and outbuildings
    Almost opposite Derby Arms PH.
  • II* Pack Horse Bridge
    Spanning the River Alyn in the centre of Caergwrle village, at the end of Fellows Lane.
  • II Lilac Cottage
    Set back on a corner site adjacent to a narrow lane leading from Derby Road to the High Street, in the centre of Caergwrle village.
  • II* Plas-yn-Bwl
    Located at the southern edge of Caergwrle village on an elevated site above the A 541 (Wrexham Road); situated at the end of the lane partly behind low rubble forecourt walls.
  • II Gatepiers at Bryn Iorcyn Manor
    Situated at the head of the drive which runs W to Bryn Iorcyn Manor House from Bryn Yorkin Road.

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