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Privy tower at Porthamel

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanidan, Isle of Anglesey

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Latitude: 53.1872 / 53°11'13"N

Longitude: -4.2368 / 4°14'12"W

OS Eastings: 250639

OS Northings: 367898

OS Grid: SH506678

Mapcode National: GBR 5K.398X

Mapcode Global: WH437.W4NZ

Entry Name: Privy tower at Porthamel

Listing Date: 20 May 1998

Last Amended: 20 May 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19885

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located to the S of Porthamel house, in the corner of the garden. The tower is set alongside a former road (now disused) leading up from the the Menai Strait.

County: Isle of Anglesey

Community: Llanidan

Community: Llanidan

Locality: Porthamel

Traditional County: Anglesey

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Probably mid C19, used as a privy, but possibly built as an folly or observation tower, exploiting a commanding position overlooking the Menai Strait.


A square tower with tapering sides, walls of pink gritstone rubble. Single door to E side with pointed arch lintel. The walls of the tower are ruinous and the roof is missing. Abutting to the N is a garden wall which incorporates a pointed arch gateway.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an unusual, functional, garden structure, which forms part of a group with Porthamel house.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Porthamel
    Located 700m SE of the A4080 Brynsiencyn Road, at the end of a single track drive. In front of the house is a walled terrace with dressed coping; central steps down to the lawn are flanked by dressed
  • II Barn at Plas Coch
    Located in an enclosed area c200m S of Plas Coch, on the edge of rolling parkland.
  • II Castell Gwylan
    On the banks of the Menai Strait, SE of Porthamel Hall.
  • II* Plas Coch
    Standing in parkland 600m NW of the parish church of St. Edwen.
  • II Bridge at Plas Coch
    Located to the north of Plas Coch, within the grounds of the house. There is an ornamental pond to its south side.
  • II Decorative walling in front of Plas Coch
    Length of decorative walling with steps, to the E of the main front of Plas Coch.
  • II Plas Coch Lodge
    At the entrance to Plas Coch, c150m N of the house.
  • II Walls and gatepiers at entrance to Plas Coch
    Forms the main entrance to Plas Coch, c150m N of house.

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