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Ornamental Garden Pool at Wern Manor

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9366 / 52°56'11"N

Longitude: -4.1679 / 4°10'4"W

OS Eastings: 254402

OS Northings: 339884

OS Grid: SH544398

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.M219

Mapcode Global: WH55K.YGG3

Plus Code: 9C4QWRPJ+JV

Entry Name: Ornamental Garden Pool at Wern Manor

Listing Date: 30 March 1999

Last Amended: 30 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21569

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

ID on this website: 300021569

Location: 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.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Locality: Wern

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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In 1892 John Douglas, architect of Chester, completely remodelled an existing country house for the engineer R M Greaves who ran the family slate quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog and was uncle to Sir Clough Williams Ellis, the architect and creator of Portmeirion. The grounds are an early example of the work of Thomas Mawson, the internationally known and most prolific garden designer of his day; here at Wern in 1891-2 he laid out an entirely new terraced garden, with the summer house as its terminal feature and the pool set in a hedged enclosure N of the round-point at the E end of the axial path.


The pond, is built of concrete. with some stone dressings, rectangular in form with apsidal bays at each end of lesser depth separated from the main water area by a low weir.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as part of the fine garden scheme laid out by Thomas Mawson at Wern.

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  • 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* 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 Front Terrace, Balustrade and Steps at Wern Manor
    The terrace is in front of the main SW elevation of Wern Manor.
  • 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 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 Gates to Wern Manor
    The gates are adjacent to the lodge, on the S approach drive to Wern.
  • 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 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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