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A Grade II Listed Building in Mawddwy, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7314 / 52°43'52"N

Longitude: -3.7135 / 3°42'48"W

OS Eastings: 284392

OS Northings: 316237

OS Grid: SH843162

Mapcode National: GBR 98.0SG4

Mapcode Global: WH67W.XLVX

Entry Name: Dolobran

Listing Date: 4 November 1999

Last Amended: 4 November 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22627

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Dolobran lies on the NE side of the widening valley of the Afon Cerist, where the valley turns to run in a more southerly direction.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Machynlleth

Community: Mawddwy

Community: Mawddwy

Locality: Dinas Mawddwy

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Dolobran is a small but important farm of the C16-C17, associated with both farming and the woollen industry. The farmhouse appears to have begun as a small dwelling at right angles to the slope of the ground, now the N wing, replaced by a more commodious 2-room house running NW-SE, the two being joined by an added room, probably a dairy at its NE end, and with a later outshot added to the rear. The present house has a barn at right angles at the front (SW), and various smaller additions for farm animals and equipment.


The building is constructed with polygonal masonry with the joints galetted, and gable end of the barn of small layered shale. Slate roofs. The present farmhouse is of traditional living hall and inner room plan running NW-SE, and with a gable end stack, a narrow carthouse added to the SE end, a 3-bay barn at right angles at the front, itself extended in line to the NE, and having various lean-to additions on the SW side. The house has the entrance against the gable end stack, enclosed in a C20 lean-to porch, and small metal-framed windows to the living room and former inner room, with two similar dormers lighting the attics. The barn at right angles, has renewed high barn door breaking the eaves, and two metal windows, the lower lighting the cowhouse at a lower level. Small dormer over the barn doors. On the NW side, two further lean-to cowhouses are added to the barn range, with stable doors and metal windows, a stable and storerooms, all with connected lean-to slated roofs of dramatic size, and one dormer with a cat-slide roof. The earliest dwelling, now a farm building, at the NE end of the extended barn range has a gable end stack. Further lean-to domestic extensions to the rear of the house, with end entry and small roof lights.


A large inglenook fireplace at the SE end of the early living room, and a chamfered spine beam. The roof is of 3 bays, the two trusses are said to be of open upper cruck form, the blades elbowed. The earliest dwelling at the rear, has a wide splayed gable end fireplace with side oven. The barn attached to the S side is of 4 bays, queen-post trusses, one dated 1691, with evidence of wattle and daub partitioning, and 3 tiers of purlins.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good vernacular farmstead group, showing an unusually tight grouping of house and farmbuildings, and demonstrating a process of piecemeal extension as the original small house on the site survives as the nucleus of a substantial farmstead.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Pandy at Dolobran
    The pandy stands below and to the W of Dolobran farmhouse, in the valley bottom against the Afon Cerist.
  • II Fron-dirion
    The small farm stands on the steep slope of Foel Benddin, above Dolobran, and is reached by trackways leading up from the old road parallel and above the main road.
  • II Braich-melyn
    The farmhouse lies on rising ground above Dolobran, and is reached by a continuation of the lane off the N side of the A470 passing Dolobran.
  • II Mynogau-isaf
    The building stands on a road formerly leading from Dinas Mawddwy W to Bwlch Oerddrws, later to be replaced by the present A470.
  • II Milepost
    The milepost is set in the NE verge of the old turnpike road from Mallwyd to Dolgellau, approximately 15m from the line of the present A470 SE of Pont Cerist.
  • II Rhydyfelin, formerly known as 1 Wyle Cop
    The house stands in a row of houses, on the cross road at the N end of the village, and near the corner and facing N over the former ground of Plas Dinas.

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