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A Grade II* Listed Building in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9593 / 52°57'33"N

Longitude: -4.1868 / 4°11'12"W

OS Eastings: 253204

OS Northings: 342455

OS Grid: SH532424

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.KPF8

Mapcode Global: WH55C.NWG5

Entry Name: Clenennau

Listing Date: 30 March 1999

Last Amended: 30 March 1999

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21541

Building Class: Domestic

Location: This important farm stands on the NE side of the road from Tremadoc to Golan and Dolbenmaen.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Locality: Golan

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Clenennau was the principal holding of John ap Maredydd, b c1510, and his son Moris. It was consolidated as an estate in the later C15, and had taken precedence over its neighbours by 1575 under William Maurice, who had built up a considerable library here. His eldest daughter married John Owen of Bodsilin, and their son became the well known royalist leader, Sir John Owen, great grandson of Sir William Maurice, who was knighted by the King at Oxford, and became Sergeant Major General of the Royalist forces in North Wales. His monument is in the Church of St Beuno, Penmorfa. The present building, which was besieged for 4 weeks and later plundered at the end of the civil war, appears to incorporate some fabric of the earliest phase of development in the C15 or early C16, and extended in Sir John's time. The main frontage was rebuilt c1880.


Built of rubble stonework, with slated roofs. Two storeys, 'L'-plan; the 3-bay front rebuilt c1880, symmetrical with a central 4-panelled door and plain overlight, and 3-light timber mullioned and transomed windows to both floors. Gable stacks. The first bay of the rear wing adjoining the main range is an addition of the mid C17, probably built by Sir John Owen. Door facing the farmyard, and small paned timber windows. Similar windows to the N gable end set near the outer corners of the building.


The main front range was refurbished in the later C19, including corniced rooms on both floors. The roof however is of 5 bays and retains work probably of the later C15 in the form of two central arched braced collar beam trusses with raking struts to the substantial principal rafters, the joints 4 x pegged and the soffits chamfered, indicating three open bays at the centre. The two levels of purlins are splay scarfed. The S end truss has been replaced. No indications of smoke blackening suggesting this may be a parlour wing. The main range is of 2 bays, with two pegged collar trusses with principals of blade-like section. A third bay is added beyond a stone wall. This section contains the stair and cross passage doors at the junction of the two ranges.

Reasons for Listing

Included at II* as an important C17 farmhouse with historical connections with the Civil War in North Wales.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Barn at Clenennau
    The barn stands on the W side of the yard, on the NW side of the farmhouse.
  • II Outfield yard group at Clenennau
    The farm group lies apart and to the NE of the main house and farmyard.
  • II Pont Brynkir
    The bridge is on the road from Golan to Brynkir, N of Pandy Clenennau.
  • II Twr Gwynllan
    The tower stands on the top of a hill 200m S of Old Brynkir Hall, in a plantation of trees, and can be reached from Brynkir Home Farm by a winding private farm road.
  • II Lodge Bridge
    The bridge carries the road from Cwm Pennant across the Afon Dwyfor to Golan, approximately 40m E of The Lodge.
  • II Lodge, formerly for Brynkir
    The lodge stands in the lower end of Cwm Pennant, on the W side of where the road from Golan crosses the Afon Dwyfor and in the angle of the road from Dolbenmaen.
  • II Milestone
    Located on the N side of the old road from Portmadoc to Caernarfon and W of the track leading to Tyddyn Madyn.

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