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The Forge

A Grade II Listed Building in Chirk, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.939 / 52°56'20"N

Longitude: -3.0264 / 3°1'34"W

OS Eastings: 331118

OS Northings: 338446

OS Grid: SJ311384

Mapcode National: GBR 74.LWY0

Mapcode Global: WH89J.HD38

Entry Name: The Forge

Listing Date: 29 July 1998

Last Amended: 29 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20252

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The house stands above the river crossing at Pont-y-blew, and above the remains of the forge.

County: Wrexham

Town: Wrexham

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Community: Chirk

Locality: Pont-y-blew

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

The house was possibly built for the operator of the adjacent forge, which was established in 1634 by a consortium of local gentry, including Sir Thomas Myddleton. It is believed to be the earliest water-powered forge in N Wales. The house has C17 origins, but was subsequently altered, and now has the character of the mid C19.

Exterior

A long range of single storey building with attics, timber framed, the front colourwashed brick, with a slate roof. Timber framing exposed on the gable towards the road. Timber 2-light windows of the C19 within openings with segmental heads, and an open timber framed porch over a glazed door. A second C20 glazed door towards the E end. Four small gabled dormers with cut bargeboards. Central brick stack, and added stacks at both ends on the lower slopes of the roof. Lean-to at the W end.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a building of vernacular character which is of special interest due to its association with the early iron processing industry in Wales.

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