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Front Terrace, Balustrade and Steps at Wern Manor

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9364 / 52°56'11"N

Longitude: -4.1698 / 4°10'11"W

OS Eastings: 254269

OS Northings: 339873

OS Grid: SH542398

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.M1JQ

Mapcode Global: WH55K.XGJ6

Entry Name: Front Terrace, Balustrade and Steps at Wern Manor

Listing Date: 30 March 1999

Last Amended: 30 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21554

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: The terrace is in front of the main SW elevation of Wern Manor.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Locality: Wern

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The present house was designed and built in 1892 by John Douglas, architect of Chester, for Richard M Greaves, the slate magnate. The gardens were the work of Thomas Mawson the well-known garden designer. The terrace probably belongs to the initial 1892 remodelling of the earlier house and was modified in the early C20.


The artificial terrace extends along the whole SW frontage of the house, and has a balustrade with a central bay with balustraded steps, and further steps at the E end both descending to a lower cross terrace, which in turn has steps down to the main axial walk of the garden, which ends in the summer house. The steps and balustrade are of stone.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an important element in the designed setting for the Grade II* Wern Manor.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Wern Manor
    The manor is set in its own grounds, some 2km W of Tremadoc and S of Penmorfa village, and can be reached by the private driveway from the main road.
  • II Courtyard Ranges to the W of Wern Manor, including Stables, Coachhouse and Tower
    Wern is a small country house set in its own grounds approximately 2km W of Tremadoc and 0.5km S of Penmorfa; reached from A 497 along a private drive. The stables and coach-house are immediately to
  • II Summer House at Wern Manor
    Wern Manor is a small country house approximately 2km W of Tremadoc. The gardens lies to the S and E of the house with the summer-house at the E end of the formal layout.
  • II Ornamental Garden Pool at Wern Manor
    Wern Manor lies S of Penmorfa village, and is accessed from the main Portmadoc to Cricieth road. The pool is at the E end of the formal garden at the S of the house.
  • II Wern Lodge
    The lodge stands back from the road, N of the railway bridge on the S approach drive to Wern, and faces the main, south, drive at its gated entrance.
  • II Gates to Wern Manor
    The gates are adjacent to the lodge, on the S approach drive to Wern.
  • II Bryn-y-wern
    The house stands NW of Wern Manor, and approximately 200m S of the Church of St Beuno in the village of Penmorfa.
  • II Chest Tomb in churchyard of the Church of St Beuno
    The Church of St Bueno lies along a minor road running SW from Penmorfa. The chest tomb is close to the SE angle of the chancel.

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