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Tan-y-braich, with attached farm buildings

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9787 / 52°58'43"N

Longitude: -4.2406 / 4°14'26"W

OS Eastings: 249662

OS Northings: 344723

OS Grid: SH496447

Mapcode National: GBR 5K.J8D0

Mapcode Global: WH446.TDV9

Entry Name: Tan-y-braich, with attached farm buildings

Listing Date: 30 March 1999

Last Amended: 30 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21545

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The house and farm group stand on the NNE side of the trackway to Garreg-llwyd, in Garndolbenmaen settlement.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Locality: Garndolbenmaen

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The encroachment into the open common mountain land N and E of Garndolbenmaen took place initially in the last decade of the C16, but general squatting increased in the late C18 - some 40 or more dwellings had been built by 1810. Each separate delling had approximately 1-2 acres (0.405-0.809ha) of land for cultivation and the settlement became an important centre for Methodist and Baptist evangelism. In 1814, to regularise the situation, an auction of squatter tenancies took place, with a second sale in 1819. The settlement was largely established by the Tithe apportionment and map of 1838. Tan-y-braich is a good example of the later and more substantial type of dwelling of the late C18 or early C19.


Built together with its attached farm buildings of locally obtained stone rubble and partially rendered with mortar spread. Slate roof. Two storeys, 2 bays, comprising a general living room, a parlour and back pantry, extended by a lean-to at the rear. The house is extended in line to the W with various farm buildings, partially collapsed, and at right angles to the S front, a 2-bay building forming the E side of the small stone-walled front garden, which has a well and iron pump. Approximately central boarded door, and simple narrow 4-paned sash windows with stone sills to both floors.


The front door opens to the main living room which has a stone floor, a large gable end stack with interior oven and a simply chamfered cross ceiling beam and exposed joists. Boarded partition to the parlour with the pantry behind. The stair has simple stick balusters and pole handrail. Boarded doors. Coved matchboarded ceilings to the first floor, the main trusses springing from low in the walls also boarded in.

Reasons for Listing

Included, notwithstanding its present condition, as a good example of the later and larger farms in the encroachment area, and one of the very few farmhouses to remain unaltered; of special interest as such and for retaining its fine group of associated farm buildings which together form a good example of a typical farmstead group on a small holding.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Haybarn at Tan-y-braich
    Tan-y-braich lies alongside the driveway to Garreg-llwyd in the Garndolbenmaen settlement NNE of the village. It is parallel to and close behind Tan-y-braich farmhouse.
  • II Garreg lwyd Cottage
    The building stands back from the track to Garreg-llwyd, E of the road running due N from the N end of Garndolbenmaen.
  • II Ty-newydd Farmhouse
    The farmhouse stands back from the road running from the main A487 Tremadoc to Caernarfon Road to Garndolbenmaen.
  • II Plas Holland
    The building, formerly the rectory, lies in its own grounds immediately to the W of the parish church.
  • II* Parish Church of St Mary
    The parish church lies on a small by-passed section of the main road at the junction with the Cwm Pennant road. It stands within an irregularly shaped graveyard and is approached through a lych gate.
  • II Lychgate to the Church of St Mary
    The lychgate stands across the angle of the cut off corner of the main Tremadoc to Caernarfon road, and the Cwm Pennant road.
  • II NW Range of Farm Buildings at Plas Dolbenmaen
    The group of farm buildings lie immediately W of Plas Dolbenmaen. The NW range flanks the entrance to the yard, the SW end cutting into the motte.
  • II Pont y Felin
    The bridge carries the minor road from Ynys and Cenin to its junction with the B4411 Penygroes to Criccieth road, crossing the Afon Dwyfach, near the road junction.

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