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Former Mill at Melin-y-Wern

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.1351 / 53°8'6"N

Longitude: -3.315 / 3°18'53"W

OS Eastings: 312123

OS Northings: 360580

OS Grid: SJ121605

Mapcode National: GBR 6R.6K8B

Mapcode Global: WH779.1GQD

Entry Name: Former Mill at Melin-y-Wern

Listing Date: 24 June 1999

Last Amended: 24 June 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21939

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Located at the NW boundary of the community approximately 100m SW of Melin-y-Wern; accessed via a track running SW froma lane leading off the B 5429.

County: Denbighshire

Town: Ruthin

Community: Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd

Community: Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd

Locality: Melin-y-Wern

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Former water-driven corn mill, in its present form of second-half C18 date; the mill ceased being operational in the 1930s and is currently a wood store.


Rectangular two-and-a-half storey mill of limestone rubble construction with modern tiled roof; C19 iron ties visible to all walls. The front (entrance) gable has a wide segmentally-arched entrance with recessed, pegged and chamfered oak frame; brick tympanum. Wide sliding doors, boarded and partly studded, and with various graffiti. The gable apex has a circular oculus with an original wooden frame. The W side has a wide segmental recess to the L with a primary entrance with boarded door and pegged, chamfered frame; disturbed masonry to the R (probably a former window). Beyond this is a large sloping buttress of limestone rubble, a later, probably C19 addition. To the R is a wooden framed window with later brick infill within a segmentally-arched opening; modern oak lintel to square opening above. At the far R is a low segmental arch serving the former mill race and wheel pit.

Round-arched entrance with modern boarding to the rear gable, with 2 plain openings above, one each to the first and attic floors. The E side is set against the bank of the adjacent mill pond. At the L is a flat wooden lintel to the former mill race entrance, with segmental relieving arch above. Segmental window opening to the centre with a further, framed and boarded window at ground beyond; modern wooden boarding throughout. At the far R is a stone 'bridge' from the bank leading to a first-floor entrance with boarded, framed door.

Two pairs of mill stones lie in front of the entrance gable.


3-bay modern roof with queen strut trusses retained; the floors have been removed. The large internal overshot iron water wheel (approximately 3m diameter), together with an adjacent cogged wheel survive in situ. Partly slate-flagged floor.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as a second-half C18 water mill retaining good external character.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Plas-y-Ward
    Located towards the eastern boundary of the community, approximately 1.6km E of the village of Rhewl; accessed via a tree-lined drive running E from a lane approaching from the former railway.
  • II Pont Telpyn (partly in Llangynhafal community)
    Spanning the river Clwyd at the eastern boundary of the community approximately 1.5km E of Rhewl village.
  • II Pont Telpyn
    Carrying a minor road over the River Clwyd, about 1km south of St Hychan's church.
  • II T-shaped Agricultural Complex at Plas-y-Ward
    Partly enclosing a farmyard 100m NW of Plas-y-Ward.
  • II Barn at Plas-y-Ward
    Located approximately 100m W of Plas-y-Ward, enclosing the main farmyard on the S side.
  • II Road Bridge 100m W of Pont Telpyn
    Located to the W of Pont Telpyn approximately 1.4km E of Rhewl village; formerly spanning a tributary of the river Clwyd.
  • II Bryn Celyn
    Set back from the road from Llanbedr to Rhos, towards the NE boundary of the community.
  • II Glan Clwyd
    Located approximately 1km NE of the village of Rhewl at the eastern boundary of the community; accessed via a drive running NE off a lane leading NW from Pont Telpyn.

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