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Flight of Steps and adjoining Wall and Arched Gateway immediately N of Penstep

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfrothen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9597 / 52°57'34"N

Longitude: -4.061 / 4°3'39"W

OS Eastings: 261659

OS Northings: 342246

OS Grid: SH616422

Mapcode National: GBR 5S.KJ12

Mapcode Global: WH55F.LVFX

Entry Name: Flight of Steps and adjoining Wall and Arched Gateway immediately N of Penstep

Listing Date: 14 May 1998

Last Amended: 14 May 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19833

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Located opposite Plas Brondanw, on the E side of the lane.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanfrothen

Community: Llanfrothen

Locality: Plas Brondanw Estate

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Arched gate and steps built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, architect and owner of the Brondanw estate from 1908 until his death in 1978; the wrought-iron gate, bearing the date 1908, was probaly reused by Clough Williams-Ellis since the incorporated initial ('A') is unrelated to him or his family and he did not marry Amabel until 1915.


Long flight of slate-flagged steps leading from Pen Parc down to Plas Brondanw. At the bottom are squat rubble flanking piers with surmounting ball finials of reconstituted stone. Adjoining to the L (NE) is a stepped-up rubble revettment wall. This continues for some 20m where it slopes up over an arched, shallow-pedimented entrance; this has a deeply-recessed decorative wrought-iron gate with scroll-work and floral motifs and including a central date 1908 to the lock-bar, as well as the letter `A' to the fanlight. The ironwork is painted in the distinctive Clought Williams-Ellis blue. The wall continues for a short distance beyond the arch where it terminates at a masonry break.

Reasons for Listing

Included for group value with other listed items at Plas Brondanw.

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