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Bryn Eglwys

A Grade II Listed Building in Waunfawr, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1279 / 53°7'40"N

Longitude: -4.2493 / 4°14'57"W

OS Eastings: 249596

OS Northings: 361331

OS Grid: SH495613

Mapcode National: GBR 5K.6SB2

Mapcode Global: WH43F.PMQZ

Entry Name: Bryn Eglwys

Listing Date: 21 July 1999

Last Amended: 21 July 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22038

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located to the south-west of Penrhos on the old road between Caeathro and Bontnewydd, which has now largely been superseded by the by-pass to the south-east.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Waunfawr

Community: Waunfawr

Locality: Caeathro

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Not shown on the 1839 Tithe Map, the house is likely to have been built c1850, along with several others of similar (or slightly higher) status, as one of a number of properties built close to Caernarfon to serve the needs and aspirations of its emerging middle class.


2-storey, roughly square-plan with set-back service range attached at right-angles to the south-east. Rendered rubblestone; slate roofs with rendered and painted brick stacks. Entrance to north-east; 3-bay front with central valley and twin gables; windows all recessed 12-paned sashes with painted slate cills except that above entrance, which is of 9 panes. Central gabled porch with segmental outer arch flanked by carved heads; small rectangular windows to sides, slate floor and inner 4-panel door (top panels now glazed). Right return has 2 full-height canted bays with hipped roofs and sash windows, 12-paned to centre and 8-paned to splays. Rear is the same as front except that there is no entrance and the central first-floor window is also 12-paned. Service range at right-angles to left return has 12-paned sash to each floor of 2-storey section and also to front of single-storey section.


Largely unaltered mid-C19 interior. Porch leads to central passage-way, to either side of which are rooms with moulded cornices and original fireplaces, that to left room of Penrhyn slate with columns, that in right of marble, both with cast-iron grates. Straight-flight staircase in passage-way behind left ground-floor room has stick balusters and turned newel. 4-panel doors and panelled window shutters throughout.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an almost completely unaltered mid-C19 house of some distinction, important for the evidence it provides of increasing prosperity in the nearby county town at this time.

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  • II Boundary wall at Bryn Eglwys
    Stone wall to the north, south and east boundaries of Bryn Eglwys.
  • II Bryn Eden and terrace walls to front
    Situated on rising ground to the south side of the main road between Caernarfon and Waunfawr; the house has a terraced garden in front with a rubblestone revetment wall and terracotta balustrade, exte
  • II Gate piers and walls at entrance to Glan Gwna Hall
    Located on the north side of Ffordd Waenfawr at the main entrance to Glan Gwna Hall; the walls run from Grand Lodge to the west, break at the main entrance, turn to the north at the cross-roads in Cae
  • II Grand Lodge to Glan Gwna Hall
    Located on the north side of Ffordd Waenfawr (Waenfawr Road) to the west of Caeathro at the former south-western entrance to Glan Gwna Hall.
  • II Milestone
    Situated on the north side of Ffordd Waenfawr (Waenfawr Road) between Caeathro and Caernarfon; set in a low rubblestone field boundary wall.
  • II Stables at Wern
    Located on the right side of the driveway to Wern immediately to its west.
  • II* Wern
    Situated at the end of a drive-way off the south-east side of the road by-passing Caeathro between Pont-rug and Bontnewydd; low rubblestone wall to front of main range with square piers and iron gate

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