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Dolafon

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanberis, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1179 / 53°7'4"N

Longitude: -4.1237 / 4°7'25"W

OS Eastings: 257970

OS Northings: 359962

OS Grid: SH579599

Mapcode National: GBR 5Q.7LR2

Mapcode Global: WH54M.MWKN

Entry Name: Dolafon

Listing Date: 28 May 1999

Last Amended: 28 May 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21860

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Located on the south-west side of Stryd Fawr (High Street), set back from the road in a stone-walled garden with several tall trees.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Llanberis

Community: Llanberis

Built-Up Area: Llanberis

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

Built in the 1860s or '70s, probably as a guest house but possibly originally as a private house, in either case reflecting the increasing importance of Llanberis as a centre for visitors, tourists and retired residents in the second half of the C19. The positioning of its main entrance to the side, thus ensuring maximum exposure of its principal rooms to the front, suggests that the building may have been purpose-built as a small hotel.

Exterior

Hotel. Mildly Gothic style in 3 storeys. Snecked rubblestone with painted returns and floorband to first floor and bracketed string courses to very slightly projecting bargeboarded gables which are tile hung to the apexes; slate roof. 1:1:1 bays retaining original fenestration; 10-light mullioned and transomed windows to second floor of gables with 4-paned sash to central tile-hung gabled dormer in roof slope; first floor has triple sash windows in chamfered stone surround to outer bays and central window consisting of 5 grouped sashes with tiny rectangular openings above, directly below bracketed eaves. Ground floor has paired sashes with chamfered head and stone cills to centre flanked by a window like those to the outer bays on the first floor to the right and a canted bay window with sashes and chamfered stone surround to the left. The entrance is to the left in a gabled stone porch with hoodmould over outer arch and inner boarded door; single-storey section behind now has flat roof.

Interior

Interior not accessible at time of Survey.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a well-detailed later C19 house, which represents a particularly good example of the distinctive domestic gothic style employed for the guest houses and villas which characterise the later C19 development of the town.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Church of St Padarn
    Located in a a prominent position on rising ground behind the Dolbadarn Hotel on the south side of Stryd Fawr (High Street); the churchyard is of irregular shape and is approached from the north throu
  • II Dolperis
    Situated in its own grounds on the west side of Stryd Fawr (High Street) towards its southern end.
  • II* Capel Coch
    Situated on very slightly rising ground on the south side of Ffordd Capel-Coch, the chapel occupies a prominent position in the street; low rubblestone wall to street continues to east to enclose fore
  • II Engine Shed
    Located at the foot of the Snowdon Mountain Railway directly to the south of Llanberis Station; a water tank manufactured by Bolling & Lowe of London is situated at the north-west corner of the shed.
  • II Snowdon View
    Situated on the south-western side of Fron Goch behind a rubblestone wall; the section immediately in front of the house is lower with railings and a central iron gate approached by slate steps.
  • II ,57 Stryd Fawr (High Street),Llanberis,Caernarfon,
    Located on the west side of Stryd Fawr (High Street) in the centre of Llanberis.
  • II Lower Viaduct
    Located towards the foot of the Snowdon Mountain Railway where it crosses the road and begins to ascend rapidly in height.
  • II Royal Victoria Hotel
    Situated on slightly rising ground at the south-eastern approach to Llanberis.

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