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Lilac Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Hope, Flintshire

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Latitude: 53.1106 / 53°6'38"N

Longitude: -3.039 / 3°2'20"W

OS Eastings: 330547

OS Northings: 357553

OS Grid: SJ305575

Mapcode National: GBR 74.80UR

Mapcode Global: WH88R.923N

Entry Name: Lilac Cottage

Listing Date: 6 May 1998

Last Amended: 6 May 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19761

Building Class: Domestic

Location: 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.

County: Flintshire

Community: Hope (Yr Hob)

Community: Hope

Locality: Caergwrle

Built-Up Area: Hope

Traditional County: Flintshire

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Long sub-medieval village house of rubble with steeply-pitched thatched roof under a C20 corrugated asbestos one. The house is of rubble but this is likely to represent a C17 encasing of a medieval timber-framed hall house; plastered wind bracing within demonstrates the existence of a former open hall and the central stack is suggestive of a sub-medieval adaption of an open- hearth space. The house occupies a prestigious corner plot within what was formerly the medieval borough town of Queen's Hope; the possibility of the house having originated as a timber hall house is therefore not improbable.


Long sub-medieval single-storey village house; of colourwashed rubble construction on a rubble plinth, with steeply-pitched thatched roof under a C20 corrugated asbestos one. Central stack with plain rendered chimney and similar end chimney to L. The house has lower outer projecting service wings to the rear, forming a C-plan. Main entrance off-centre to R, with late C19 4-panelled door, the upper two panels glazed; segmental porch canopy on wooden brackets. To the R of the entrance is a masonry break; beyond is a 12-pane C19 casement with projecting cill. L of the door are two further, similar windows with a boarded door beyond; at the far L is a C20 tripartite plain-glazed window. 2 small original windows to the rear with pegged oak frames and late C19 4-pane glazing. Low rubble addition to R at rear, of two sections with modern window in a former entrance opening. C19 brick addition to L with pitched, slated roof; boarded door.


Open roof to hall and room beyond central chimney (L); both have evidence of plastered and boxed wind braces and, in places where these are missing, the mortising evidence remains. Large chimney breast to hall with C20 fireplace obscuring the implied inglenook. Within the front-facing wall in the hall is a small square bible cupboard with late C17 panelled door.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special historic interest as a scarce regional example of a vernacular thatched sub-medieval village house, perhaps with medieval origins.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • 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.
  • 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 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* 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 Castellated Gateway and Walls at Rhydyn Hall
    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.
  • 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.
  • II Privy at Bryn Iorcyn Manor
    Situated in the NE corner of the south-eastern walled garden at Bryn Iorcyn Manor.

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