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Efail Gledrydd Forge

A Grade II Listed Building in Buan, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8988 / 52°53'55"N

Longitude: -4.5367 / 4°32'12"W

OS Eastings: 229472

OS Northings: 336499

OS Grid: SH294364

Mapcode National: GBR 55.PGFB

Mapcode Global: WH44G.8DXK

Entry Name: Efail Gledrydd Forge

Listing Date: 15 July 1998

Last Amended: 15 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20131

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Situated uphill of Efail Gledrydd, about 1 km E of Madryn Castle Gatehouse.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Pwllheli

Community: Buan

Community: Buan

Locality: Madryn

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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C18 or early C19 blacksmith's shop, worked until closure in 1952 by Thomas Jones, and previously by his father Richard Jones, and grandfather Thomas Jones. Said to have served as place where sermons were preached prior to the building of nearby Capel Graigwen in 1906. Marked on OS Drawings of 1816-19.


Blacksmith's forge. Granite rubble stone with brick, corrugated iron roofs and diagonally-set short brick end stacks to main part. Single-storey small building with lower addition to left, and outshut to rear. SW front has large double-doors, ledged and braced, with iron strap and pintle hinges. Right door is stable type with hinged section. Brick pillar each side of door, narrow window to left, 2-light casement over shutter. Window to right has 8-pane light over shutter. Small stone outshut to right. Left end addition is lower with large window blocked with corrugated sheet to right. Rear outshut has left end large stable-door with 4-pane casement to left, and rear wall centre window with five slim upper lights and shutter below.


Three bay roof, with two adzed oak collar trusses, pegged half-lap joints, and blades crossed at ridge. Three cross-beams of non-dressed timber. Right side has stone built forge and chimney with bressumer over. Large manual barrel bellows on left side of forge with wall recess and anvil alongside. Stone plinth under window to right forming workbench. Large adzed beams over window and small outshut beyond. Left end small fireplace and raised stone hearth. Belt-operated drill on left. Opening to right to NW addition and former stationary engine-room with line shaft to forge. Wall light recess on right of hearth. Rear wall has wide opening to shoeing room in outshut. Window on left of opening with 6-panes and wooden shutters under.

Reasons for Listing

Grade II as scarce intact example of a traditional blacksmiths shop, complete with fixed tools and equipment. Group value also with former blacksmith's cottage.

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  • II Madryn Castle Gatehouse
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