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A Grade II Listed Building in Betws Garmon, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0942 / 53°5'38"N

Longitude: -4.1799 / 4°10'47"W

OS Eastings: 254128

OS Northings: 357437

OS Grid: SH541574

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.953S

Mapcode Global: WH54S.RHS9

Entry Name: Ystrad-uchaf

Listing Date: 29 January 1999

Last Amended: 29 January 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21268

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located on the side of a hill with Y Diffws above at the end of a track off the north-east side of the A 4085.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Betws Garmon

Community: Betws Garmon

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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C17 farmhouse of external stack and cross-passage plan, extended in C18, then eaves to C18 extension raised in c1800.


Farmhouse. Uncoursed rubblestone with boulder plinth to earlier part, painted to front; slate roofs, graded to rear. Original single-storey rectangular-plan house aligned south-west to north-east with cross-passage to left and external lateral stack to rear; plank door to far left and 3 tall window openings (now with plastic windows but formerly with Victorian sashes) spread across the front elevation; 2 C20 rooflights to left and centre; tall integral end stack to right; massive external stack to rear in gabled projection has tall corbelled shaft with slate drips; small catslide outshut to right of this stack blocks position of original cross-passage. To the left of the cross-passage is the C18 extension with the original eaves line visible under 2 small windows with slate cills to right and right of centre; there are similar windows directly below flanking entrance with plank door and projecting stone lintel; large integral end stack to left with slate drips. Windows now all plastic but formerly 4-pane casements, still in small earlier openings. Catslide outshut to rear and C20 flying buttress to gable end near wheel-pit for former butter/gorse mill.


Earlier part has massive fireplace (partly rebuilt) with large timber lintel to back wall; A-frame trusses in 4 narrow bays with double purlins visible on first floor. Later part has 2 exposed cross-beams and joists to ground-floor room (formerly divided into several rooms).

Reasons for Listing

Included as a substantial farmhouse of early origins, which despite some unsympathetic late C20 alterations retains good evidence of its original plan-form and later development.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Betws Inn
    Set at a slight angle to the main road ( A 4085) immediately to the south of the Church of St Garmon.
  • II Church of St Garmon
    Located on level ground in a low rubblestone-walled rectangular churchyard on the north side of the A 4085 at Betws Garmon.
  • II Engine house
    Situated in the middle of the former Garreg Fawr Slate Quarry at the head of a steep incline, much of which is submerged under slate waste.
  • II Telephone Call-box
    Located beside the A 4085 at east end of a small group of buildings; set into a low rubblestone wall.
  • II Pont y Betws
    Located on the A 4085 where it crosses the Afon Gwyrfai about 200m north-west of the Church of St Garmon, Betws Garmon.
  • II Ty-isaf
    Situated in pasture fields approximately 120m to the south-west of the farm at Garreg Fawr within an irregularly shaped rubble-walled enclosure, incorporating the ruins of several outbuildings.
  • II Pentre Gwyn
    Located about 0.5 km north-west of Betws Garmon in a lowland position in front of dense coniferous woodland on rising ground off a track running westwards from the A 4085.
  • II Pont Cerrig-y-rhyd
    On a track immediately to the west of the A 4085 at Coed Plas-y-nant spanning a series of small but spectacular waterfalls on the Afon Gwyrfai.

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