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Cefn-y-meysydd isaf

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.939 / 52°56'20"N

Longitude: -4.1938 / 4°11'37"W

OS Eastings: 252668

OS Northings: 340209

OS Grid: SH526402

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.LV0M

Mapcode Global: WH55K.KD57

Plus Code: 9C4QWRQ4+JF

Entry Name: Cefn-y-meysydd isaf

Listing Date: 30 March 1999

Last Amended: 30 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21523

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The house lies at the end of a farm road leading off the minor Pentrefelin to Dolbenmaen road, and N of Pentrefelin village.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Locality: Pentrefelin

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The house originates as a C17 or earlier farmhouse aligned NW-SE, the lower end rebuilt c1843 as a 2-bay cross wing. The house was the home of Ellis Owen, 1789-1868, poet and antiquary, where the Cymdeithas Lenyddol Cefnymeysydd met regularly.


Rubble stonework with slate roofs. The mid C19 SE front is of 2 storeys, 2 window bays with gable stacks and 16-paned sashes. The rear wing is a 1-bay service end partly rebuilt in the C19, and extended to the NE in more recent times. The side door leads to a cross passage. The building is linked by a lean-to shelter to a washhouse-bakehouse building, probably of the late C18 or early C19.


A large fireplace and stack of the C17 has evidence of a circular newel stair at the rear, now broken through to the rear bay.

Reasons for Listing

Included largely for historic interest as the home of Ellis Owen, 1789-1868, promulgator of the celebrated harpist Dafydd y Garreg Wen, and as a largely unaltered example of a mid C19 upgrading of an earlier farmhouse.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Llys Cynhaearn
    The former vicarage stands on a by-road branching off the main Criccieth to Portmadoc road at the E end of Pentrefelin village,
  • II Pentrefelin Church Hall
    The building stands back from the Tremadoc to Criccieth road and is reached by a short path leading to high ground N of the village.
  • II Carreg-felin
    The farmhouse lies on well-wooded rising ground back from the main Tremadoc to Criccieth road, E of Pentrefelin village.
  • II* Church of St Cynhaearn
    The church stands alone on the former island in Llyn Ystumllyn, approx 900m S of Pentrefelin, and is reached by a track from the village.
  • II Monuments to John Williams and Ellis Owen
    The two monuments stand immediately outside the W door of St Cynhaearn's church, on the right side of the path to the lychgate.
  • II Carreg and Pilkington Tombs
    The two railed tombs are close to the S side of the nave of the Church of St Cynhaearn.
  • II Gravestone of John Ystymllyn
    The headstone stands in the churchyard of the church of St Cynhaearn, on the N side of the path from the lychgate.
  • II Lychgate to the Church of St Cynhaearn
    St Cynhaearn stands isolated approximately 900m S of Pentrefelin village. The lychgate stands in front of the churchyard wall and provides the entrance to the rectangular churchyard from the SW.

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