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Terraces and Forecourt Walls at Wigfair Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Cefnmeiriadog, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.2292 / 53°13'45"N

Longitude: -3.4575 / 3°27'26"W

OS Eastings: 302802

OS Northings: 371231

OS Grid: SJ028712

Mapcode National: GBR 6L.0DMM

Mapcode Global: WH65P.V3R8

Entry Name: Terraces and Forecourt Walls at Wigfair Hall

Listing Date: 2 June 1998

Last Amended: 2 June 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19926

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Immediately N and E of Wigfair Hall.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Cefnmeiriadog

Community: Cefnmeiriadog

Locality: Ffynnon Fair

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Wigfair Hall was built by John Douglas, architect of Chester between 1882 and 1884 for the Rev R H Howard, reusing the site of the former seat of the Lloyds, Wickwer. The two revetted garden terraces on the E (garden) side of the house, together with the curved forecourt walls to the N are contemporary and presumably formed part of Douglas' overall design.


The terraces consist of two revetted gravel walks, one lower than the other and stretching approximately 50m along the garden side of the house. Each of the two revettment walls is of rough-dressed limestone construction with chamfered-edged sandstone capping, and is gently battered; the terraces descend in two equal steps of 2m high down to a partly-sunken lawn. The upper terrace has two ascending steps at the southern end, whilst the lower has flights of seven steps to the N and S ends, with the coped parapet sloped down and up correspondingly; the latter is accessed via three steps leading from the former at the N end.

The low, coped terrace wall steps up at right-angles at the N end to continue as a forecourt enclosing wal at a height of approximately 1m. This is of snecked limestone ashlar with chamfered sandstone capping as before, and runs westwards in front of the house before curving around to the S where it terminates at the service end of the house. The wall is punctuated by 9 square limestone ashlar piers with sandstone capping, two pairs of which form gatepiers to the front (N) and side (E) respectively. Both of these have contemporary low, simply-decorative iron gates and modern terracotta finials. As the wall curves to the S it steps up in 7 stages to reach a maximum height of 2m at its southern termination.

In the centre of the forecourt is a shallow, octagonal, chamfered stone basin with a square tapering block of sandstone to its centre; this has a C19 brass sundial affixed to it, inscribed 'Troughton, London.'

Reasons for Listing

Included for group value with Wigfair Hall.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Wigfair Hall
    On a commanding site above the Elwy valley at the south-eastern edge of the community, approximately 2km SE of Cefn Meiriadog village; accessed via a tree-lined drive leading S from an unclassified la
  • II* Ffynnon Fair
    Located in a picturesque setting in a field on the N bank of the river Elwy at the SE boundary of the community.
  • II* Dolbelidr
    Located in a picturesque setting on the S side of the river Elwy at the SE boundary of the community; accessed via a long track running N from Brynwgan farm, itself accessible via a track leading NE f
  • II Plas-yn-Cefn
    Located approximately 200m SE of the village centre, accessed via a metalled drive and set against a hillslope to the rear.
  • II Former Stable Block at Plas-yn-Cefn
    Located immediately to the NW of Plas-yn-Cefn at the SE side of a cobbled service court.
  • II Former Laundry Block at Plas-yn-Cefn
    Located immediately to the rear of Plas-yn-Cefn and connected to it by a short stretch of tall crenellated wall.
  • II Stable and Coachhouse Range at Plas-yn-Cefn
    Located 100m NE of Plas-yn-Cefn and closing a cobbled service court on the NE side.
  • II Agricultural Range and adjoining Garden Walls at Plas-yn-Cefn
    Located to the W of Plas-yn-Cefn, adjacent to the former laundry.

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