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Cowhouse at Isallt-fawr

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9761 / 52°58'34"N

Longitude: -4.1841 / 4°11'2"W

OS Eastings: 253448

OS Northings: 344319

OS Grid: SH534443

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.JJ44

Mapcode Global: WH55C.PGS8

Entry Name: Cowhouse at Isallt-fawr

Listing Date: 30 March 1999

Last Amended: 30 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21549

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: Issalt-fawr lies at the lower S end of Cwm Pennant, at the foot of the slope of Moel Issalt. The cowhouse stands some distance away to the SE of the farmhouse

County: Gwynedd

Town: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Locality: Isallt

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Built in the C17 or C18 to serve Issalt-fawr farm.


Set longitudinally on a steeply sloping site, and built of large boulders in the Snowdonia manner, with a slate roof between raised coped gables. Entrance on the downhill side with a slight ramp revetted by a stone boulder wall. One ventilation opening, and a raised door in the N gable, probably serving a upper level feed store.


Three bays, with 2 trusses, one with principal rafters set in the walls, collar and tie beam, the other truss replaced. Slate partition wall, with orthostatic slate stall divisions against the back wall, the edges faced with timber to prevent injury to the stock.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an interesting example of the smallest range of animal houses associated with the smaller upland farms of the Snowdonia district. A type of which very few examples have survived in their original form, retaining the original internal arrangements.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Carthouse, Stable and Granary at Isallt-fawr
    Issalt-fawr lies at the wider S end of Cwm Pennant, on the lower slope of Moel Issalt. The carthouse building stands in front and at right angles to the main S front of the farmhouse.
  • II Isallt-fawr
    The farm is set on sloping ground on the E side of the wider, lower section of Cwm Pennant, and is reached from a straight road leading E, N of Brynkir.
  • II Church of St Michael
    The church lies in the central section of the valley, set within its large churchyard on the low lying valley floor. Within the churchyard there are a number of gravestones of the first half of the C
  • II Tan-y-graig
    The house stands on a bank beneath Graig Gyfyng, and above the flood plain of the Afon Dwyfor in the centre of Cwm Pennant.
  • II Pont Llanfihangel (aka Pont Llan)
    North of the Church of St Michael, the bridge carries the valley road across the Afon Dwyfor sharply at right angles crossing to the E bank.
  • II Pont Gyfyng
    The bridge is in the centre section of the Cwm Pennant, and carries a road across the Afon Dwyfor to former slate quarries and copper workings at Moelfre.
  • II Bryn-wern
    The house stands with its back to the W side of Cwm Pennant, near Moelfre.
  • 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.

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