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The Nursery

A Grade II Listed Building in Llandwrog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0654 / 53°3'55"N

Longitude: -4.3024 / 4°18'8"W

OS Eastings: 245820

OS Northings: 354490

OS Grid: SH458544

Mapcode National: GBR 5G.BZ76

Mapcode Global: WH43S.W6DW

Entry Name: The Nursery

Listing Date: 30 September 1999

Last Amended: 30 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22444

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Located in well-wooded area of the Glynllifon Estate towards its southern end approximately 0.75km east of Plas Newydd; much of the area within the walls is now heavily overgrown.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llandwrog

Community: Llandwrog

Locality: Plas Newydd

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The nursery, in which young trees were grown for transplantation into the surrounding park, was built for the second Lord Newborough between 1824 and 1828. Its constructional detailing is very similar to that of the slightly later park wall. Formerly divided into thirds, themselves subdivided by fences or hedges into 16 separate plots, there was a pool (probably an original feature) in the north-eastern part and also a hexagonal summer house added for the third Lord Newborough before c1840. In 1918 there was a maze in the south corner, no doubt added after the nursery ceased to be strictly functional, although the date of the summer house suggests that the nursery formed part of Glynllifon's ornamental grounds as early as the time of the third Lord Newborough. The summerhouse has now been converted into a private dwelling, Pwll Crwn.


Rectangular walled area measuring approximately 300mx100m, the short north-eastern end slightly greater in length than the corresponding section to the south-west. Drystone rubble wall approximately 2m in height with pointed, slightly projecting coping; main entrance with double wrought-iron gates hung on square piers to north-east; wooden door in long north-west wall and there appear to be other entrances hidden by vegetation.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special interest as a well-preserved walled nursery area on the remarkably complete C19 Glynllifon Estate.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Wood Cottage
    Located in an extremely isolated position on rising ground at end of no-through trackway running through parkland and then woodland to the south-east of Plas Newydd.
  • II* Outer Defensive Wall to Fort Williamsburg
    Forming a perimeter to the fort which is approximately 0.5km south-east of the house and reached by the south drive.
  • II Penbryn Mawr
    Set at the end of a track in pasture fields approximately 45m from Ffordd Clynnog. A menhir stands a little to the south-east of the house.
  • II* Barracks at Fort Williamsburg
    At the south-east corner of Fort Williamsburg which is situated approximately 0.5km south-east of the house
  • II* Armoury at Fort Williamsburg including attached screen walls
    Facing into the former parade ground and backing onto the Barracks at the south-east corner of Fort Williamsburg which is situated approximately 0.5km south-east of the house.
  • II Barn/stable at Penbryn Mawr
    Located immediately east of the farmhouse at Penbryn Mawr.
  • II* Tower at Fort Williamsburg
    Situated approximately 0.5km south-east of the house and reached by the south drive. The tower is the focal building within the Fort and is built on a mound near its north-west corner, between inner
  • II* Magazine at Fort Williamsburg
    Situated immediately beside the Tower near the north-west corner of Fort Williamsburg, approximately 0.5km south-east of the house. Reached via a tunnel passage from the Parade Ground.

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