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Pandy at Dolobran

A Grade II Listed Building in Mawddwy, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7311 / 52°43'51"N

Longitude: -3.7144 / 3°42'51"W

OS Eastings: 284327

OS Northings: 316205

OS Grid: SH843162

Mapcode National: GBR 98.103B

Mapcode Global: WH67W.XMD4

Entry Name: Pandy at Dolobran

Listing Date: 4 November 1999

Last Amended: 4 November 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22628

Building Class: Industrial

Location: The pandy stands below and to the W of Dolobran farmhouse, in the valley bottom against the Afon Cerist.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Mawddwy

Community: Mawddwy

Locality: Dinas Mawddwy

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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The fulling mill (pandy) was probably built in the late C18 or early C19, in the angle between the main Afon Cerist, and a minor tributary the Nant Coll. Earthen banks above the mill suggest that the latter may have been dammed. It is recorded as having a water wheel 12ft (3.66m) in diameter situated on the SE side, driving two tappet wheels and 2 pairs of stocks. It also was equiped with '9 pieces of Racks capable of Holding 138 Yards of Flannel', a boiler, tubs and all other requisites for bleaching. On the field between the pandy and the factory 250 yards (228.6m) of tenter frames are shown on the 1888 Ordnance Survey map. The fulling mill relates to the pre-industrial stage of the textile industry when the processing of wool was largely a cottage industry.


Built of rubble stonework with thin sawn quoins, and a slate roof. Two storeys. Entrance to the ground floor is in the upper gable end, with two small windows each side, and an opening for the drive shaft in the lower gable end, where there are foundations for the corresponding bearing for the pit wheel. The upper floor has three windows each side, some with surviving small pane glazing. Stack on the upper gable end. The upper floor is now accessed by a later straight flight external stair on the W side, blocking a window.


The first floor is supported on two cross beams, the joists supported on levelling boards set in the end walls. No surviving fittings opn the ground floor, but some tongue and grooved partitions to the first floor, which also has a small gable end fireplace.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a rare surviving example in this region of a once common building type, and an exceptionally well-preserved example of a significant rural-industrial building type.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Dolobran
    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.
  • 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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