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Steps, Gates and Gatepiers to Upper Terrace at Plas Brondanw Gardens

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfrothen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9598 / 52°57'35"N

Longitude: -4.0615 / 4°3'41"W

OS Eastings: 261626

OS Northings: 342264

OS Grid: SH616422

Mapcode National: GBR 5S.KHWB

Mapcode Global: WH55F.LV5S

Entry Name: Steps, Gates and Gatepiers to Upper Terrace at Plas Brondanw Gardens

Listing Date: 14 May 1998

Last Amended: 14 May 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19809

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Centrally-placed within the upper terrace revettment wall and leading down to the gardens to the W.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanfrothen

Community: Llanfrothen

Locality: Plas Brondanw

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Gates and gatepiers and steps built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, architect and owner of the Brondanw estate. The gardens were laid out to his designs in various stages between his inheritance of the estate in 1908 and his death in 1978. He created here one of Wales' most impressive gardens distinctive for its interlinked terraces, compartments and axial vistas that are aligned on the surrounding mountains of Moel Hebog, Moelwyn, Cnicht and Snowdon.


Tall rubble gatepiers, centrally-placed within the terrace revettment; the rubble walls of this slope up at both sides to join them; rubble capping, the tops oversailing and with reconstituted stone ball finials. One decorative wrought-iron half-gate (its pair missing), with serpentine scrolled top. Complex decorative wrought-iron overthrow with scrollwork and foliate forms in the manner of Tijou. In front of the gatepiers is a landing with flights of parapetted stone steps descending to the garden level to the R and L. The landing has a wrought iron screen to the front with flanking square rubble piers; below is an arched niche in Rustic style with projecting key; within a carved lion of reconstituted stone. The flights of steps give onto a long slate-paved terrace which runs parallel with the house. The ironwork is painted in the distinctive Clough Williams Ellis blue.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an integral feature of the nationally important gardens laid out at Plas Brondanw by Clough Williams-Ellis.

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