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Y Rheithordy

A Grade II Listed Building in Mawddwy, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.6963 / 52°41'46"N

Longitude: -3.6834 / 3°41'0"W

OS Eastings: 286335

OS Northings: 312289

OS Grid: SH863122

Mapcode National: GBR 99.37R2

Mapcode Global: WH683.DH79

Plus Code: 9C4RM8W8+GM

Entry Name: Y Rheithordy

Listing Date: 4 November 1999

Last Amended: 4 November 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22576

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The rectory stands S of the church, approached by a curved driveway off the A470.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Machynlleth

Community: Mawddwy

Community: Mawddwy

Locality: Mallwyd

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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The present building was erected in 1611 by Dr John Davies, the eminent scholar, and was extended and remodelled in the late C18 or early C19. A terrier of 1730 records the accommodation then extant, consisting of 2 grand rooms, 2 rooms above the stair, and closet with garrets over the buttery and milkhouse.


Built of local stone rubble, with slate roofs. Two storeys, attic and cellar, 'T'-plan with the main front elevation facing N, 3 bays, symmetrical, with a central gabled C20 porch, and four-paned windows to the main reception rooms either side. On the first floor, 16-pane sashes, and two 2-light gabled dormers to the attic storey. The gable chimney stacks are recessed at both ends. The rear wing is hipped, with an axial stack. A slated lean-to on the W side extends the service arrangements, and has itself a C20 glazed porch. The S end of the T-wing has 12-pane sashes to both ground and first floors.


Not accessible at the time of inspection. It is said to have evidence of the early house, including a large inglenook fireplace in the dining room, enclosed by later work, and transverse beams surviving from the early C17, including some work in the roof. There is a plain oak stair of the late C18 or early C19

Reasons for Listing

Included as a substantial rural rectory with early origins and good late C18-early C19 external character. Also for its connections with Dr John Davies, one of the greatest of C17 Welsh scholars and promoters of the Welsh Language and culture, who added the tower and porch to the church, and carried out a number of beneficial works throughout the parish.

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  • II* Church of St Tydecho
    The church stands at the S end of the village of Mallwyd, by-passed by the present A470.
  • II Gorphwysfa
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  • II No 1 Gorphwysfa
    The two Gorphwysfa cottages stand immediately E of and facing the churchyard, crosswise to the main street.
  • II Brigands Inn
    The inn is located on the corner of the the A470 Dolgellau to Machynlleth trunk road and the A458 to Welshpool.
  • II Bridge W of Pont y Cleifion
    The bridge is alongside and on the W side of the high level bridge that carries the A470 over the Afon Cleifion, just N of the village of Mallwyd.
  • II Milestone at Craig y Gronfa
    On the verge, c2.7km N of Cwm Llinau.
  • II Pont Wrysgen
    The bridge carries the main A458 Mallwyd to Welshpool Road over the Afon Cleifion, SW of Cwm Cewydd.
  • II Farm building at Gweinion
    Gweinion lies at the end of a long farm road leading off the N side of the A458, near the roundabout junction with the A470.

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