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Gorphwysfa

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanwnda, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0879 / 53°5'16"N

Longitude: -4.2344 / 4°14'3"W

OS Eastings: 250456

OS Northings: 356851

OS Grid: SH504568

Mapcode National: GBR 5K.9HVW

Mapcode Global: WH43M.XNS4

Entry Name: Gorphwysfa

Listing Date: 28 May 1999

Last Amended: 28 May 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21824

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated on the east side of the road between Rhosgadfan and Y Fron, the cottage is set in the rear right corner of a roughly rectangular enclosure with rubblestone walls, lower and topped with spear-

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Llanwnda

Community: Llanwnda

Locality: Penyffridd

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Moel-tryfan

History

Not shown on the 1839 Tithe Map, the absence of associated farmbuildings and the relatively small plot of land suggest that the cottage may have originated after c1850 as a quarryman's dwelling, connected either with Moel Tryfan Quarry, operational by 1800, or Alexandra Quarry, which opened in 1862.

Exterior

Quarryman's cottage. Single-storey symmetrical 2-room plan. Snecked rubblestone blocks, slate roof with internal end stacks. 2-pane sashes to either side of slightly offset panelled half-glazed door under narrow overlight. Low wall with short spear-headed railings to front and later lean-to on right gable end.

Interior

Interior not accessible at time of Survey.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a mid-C19 cottage, illustrating the survival and development of the single-storey and loft form into the second half of the C19; the cottage retains its original character virtually intact, not only in its overall plan-form but also in its detailing. The cottage forms a significant element of the settlement at Penyffridd.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Tegfan and adjoining cottage to right
    Situated on south-east side of road in Rhosgadfan; rubblestone wall in front to pavement, original stone-on-edge coping mostly replaced with concrete finials and horizontal steel railing; iron gate to
  • II Pen-y-braich
    Situated in an edge-of-moorland location within its own stone-walled small field system at the end of a track running south from Rhosgadfan.
  • II Tyn Twll
    Situated within its own irregular rubble-walled enclosure on moorland off the track running south-eastwards from Rhosgadfan towards the former Moel Tryfan Quarry.
  • II Cae'r Gors
    Located on the left side of the road from Rhostryfan to the crossroads in Rhosgadfan, the cottage has a low rubblestone wall to the front and a high rubblestone wall with iron gate to the road.
  • II Rhosgadfan House
    Located at the end of a short driveway by sharp bend on the road between Rhosgadfan and Rhostryfan; the cottage has a low rubble wall (mainly drystone) to front.
  • II Tyddyn Engan
    Situated in edge-of-moorland location directly adjacent to track leading to Tan Foel Bach; small rubblestone-walled enclosure and slate path to front.
  • II Tyddyn-Difyr and associated field walls
    Situated in isolated location above and to the north-east of Rhosgadfan on moorland edge within its own drystone-walled small field system, reached by a rough track from the road.
  • II Tyn Llwyn
    Situated approximately 0.5km north of Rhosgadfan on its own in pasture fields at the head of the no-through road to Bod Owen; low rubblestone wall in front.

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