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Corris Institute

A Grade II Listed Building in Corris, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.6539 / 52°39'14"N

Longitude: -3.8424 / 3°50'32"W

OS Eastings: 275470

OS Northings: 307834

OS Grid: SH754078

Mapcode National: GBR 92.5YD7

Mapcode Global: WH572.YKG9

Entry Name: Corris Institute

Listing Date: 6 December 1999

Last Amended: 6 December 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22730

Building Class: Civil

Location: The Institute is built at the lowest point of the main street, on the W side of the road and near the S bank of the Afon Deri, at the centre of the village,

County: Gwynedd

Town: Machynlleth

Community: Corris

Community: Corris

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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The building was erected in 1911 as a community and local administrative centre, later adopted as a memorial to the Great War.


Pebbledashed over stone, with rendered quoins to the ground floor, timber framed upper floor with whitewashed panels. Slate roofs. Late medieval vernacular revival style. The elevation to the road consists of 3 unequal bays, the left (S) set asymmetrically with a 3-light iron framed window in a rendered quoined surround on the ground floor, a similar but unaligned 4-light window set in the framing of the first floor under a wide studded gable. The centre bay, to the right, has a projecting porch open on the ground floor with large bracketed posts forming an arch. Within, a boarded and studded door on strap hinges set within an arch, and to either side, narrow iron windows. Brackets over support the jettied first floor, which has a canted oriel window. The gable is further jettied and studded, with deep eaves. An upper bracketed beam carries an iron inscription reading 1939-1945, a glazed clock is suspended from a lower iron bracket. The narrower third bay has 3-light windows on the ground floor and a similar window over. Applied to the first bay, a slate and marble 1st World War tablet with 24 names, and a smaller tablet with 9 names within the open porch commemorates those lost in the 2nd World War. The return elevation on the S side has two small gables over 3-light windows, each with some puntil panes, and double doors in an arched opening in the end bay. A bracketed chimney stack rises from the first floor near the centre, the upper shafts removed. The rear consists of 2 unequal rendered gables with similar windows to the first floor, and a large hipped slated extension on the ground floor.


The front door opens to an oak panelled through hall, with timber partition on the left to the main assembly hall, which has a raised stage and a lateral slate fireplace with overmantel. Open well timber stair to the first floor, which has a large billiards room with raised side seating and open roof, and a library in a rear room. In the entrance, a stone panel affixed to the wall records the date of foundation and endowments given by Sir Howell J Williams, of London.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an early example of the social and community institution that became significant in the early C20, and as a well-detailed essay in the timber framed revival style considered apt for this building type.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Railway Overbridge
    The overbridge carried the former Corris Railway over the Nant Deri, in the centre of Corris village.
  • II Idris House
    The building stands in a conspicuous position in the main street of the village, adjoining Capel Salem on the right.
  • II Capel Salem including front wall and railings
    The chapel, which is the last surviving working chapel in the town, stands well back from the main street in the centre of Corris.
  • II Pant-y-celyn
    The building forms a short row with No 1, at right angles to Minffordd Street, at the centre of Corris, and facing E across a small garden to a roadway running down to the river.
  • II Pant-y-celyn
    Nos 1 and 2 Pant-y-celyn are two cottages in a row off Minffordd Street, behind the properties fronting Bridge Street in the centre of the village.
  • II Tan-y-bryn
    The house is built across the slope, end on to the street, facing NW towards Nos 1 and 2 Pant-y-celyn.
  • II Alfred Hughes Memorial
    The memorial stands on a triangular piece of land beside the A487, where the main road turns W to climb to Corris Uchaf.
  • II The Slater's Arms
    The inn is on the corner of Bridge Street and the road running up from the bridge over the Afon Dulas crossing Bridge Street and continuing to the NW.

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