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Circular Enclosing Walls and Fountain at the N end at Plas Brondanw Gardens

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfrothen, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9607 / 52°57'38"N

Longitude: -4.061 / 4°3'39"W

OS Eastings: 261662

OS Northings: 342360

OS Grid: SH616423

Mapcode National: GBR 5S.KJ0Q

Mapcode Global: WH55F.LVD3

Entry Name: Circular Enclosing Walls and Fountain at the N end at Plas Brondanw Gardens

Listing Date: 14 May 1998

Last Amended: 14 May 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19824

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: At the northern boundary of the Plas Brondanw gardens.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanfrothen

Community: Llanfrothen

Locality: Plas Brondanw

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

Garden feature, known as the Apollo Belvedere, 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.

Exterior

Slate-coped rubble walls enclosing a circular, grassed area, some 12m in diameter. The walls are built in 2 stages with an approximate overall height of 1.5m. At the S end these slope up on either side to a pair of square rubble gatepiers with reconstituted stone capping (re-used). At the N end, a segmental niche with lion's head wall fountain, of similar construction. Steps curve up on either side to a platform above the fountain; here a contemporary tiled flower trough surmounts the wall. A tall beech hedge surmounts the wall on the W side.

Adjoining the SW gatepier is a section of plain iron railings (approximately 4m wide) with central gate. This has intersecting lozenge decoration and pendant motifs; scrolled overthrow to centre, in 3 stages.

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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