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A Grade II Listed Building in Llanllechid, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1414 / 53°8'28"N

Longitude: -4.0317 / 4°1'54"W

OS Eastings: 264195

OS Northings: 362397

OS Grid: SH641623

Mapcode National: GBR 5T.653W

Mapcode Global: WH54P.19DL

Entry Name: Braich-ty-du

Listing Date: 9 March 2000

Last Amended: 9 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22927

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated on rough track in isolated position with its fambuidings below the A 5 to the east of the Afon Ogwen; the back wall of the building is cut into a high bank offering protection from the elemen

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bangor

Community: Llanllechid

Community: Llanllechid

Locality: Nant Ffrancon

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Built as a pair of farmhouses forming a single farm unit associated with the agricultural colonisation of the Nant Ffrancon valley by the Penrhyn Estate in the mid-C19. Although the 2 dwellings served the same farmholding, the rougher masonry of the northern part suggests that it may be slightly earlier than the southern one and may in fact be a remodelling of an older structure. The 2 dwellings are now occupied as one.


Pair of 2-storey, 2-room farmhouses forming a long rectangular block aligned north-south. The northern part has roughly coursed rubblestone blocks to ground floor and smaller roughly coursed masonry on first floor; regularly coursed and dressed rubblestone blocks to southern unit; continuous slate roof with brick coping to gable ends. Each dwelling has 2 late C20 16-paned sashes with slate cills on each floor flanking slightly offset boarded doors with narrow rectangular overlights; integral red brick end stacks and ridge stack shared between the 2 units. Small single-storey outbuilding attached to left gable end has 6-paned sash window to left of boarded door.


C19 straight-flight staircases with full-height heck screen to left of entrance to each unit.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an essentially unaltered mid-C19 pair of farmhouses forming a single farm unit, associated with the Penrhyn Estate's expansion of agriculture onto the marginal land of the Nant Ffrancon valley at this period; the dwellings are an important physical survival of this process.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Stable at Braich-ty-du
    Situated approximately 4m south-west of the farm cottages at Braich-ty-du.
  • II Milestone
    Situated on the eastern side of the A 5 approximately 320m south-east of Braich-ty-du; set directly on road partly built into low rubblestone field boundary wall.
  • II Field Cowhouse
    Situated in isolated position below the A 5 to the east of the Afon Ogwen just off track running south from Braich-ty-du; the cowhouse is set within its own small field system, the boundaries of which
  • II Cowhouse at Maes-Caradoc
    Attached by short link section to south end of Maes-Caradoc from which it projects at right-angles to the front.
  • II Maes-Caradoc
    Remote roadside position on minor valley road running parallel with the A5 along the Ogwen valley; low rubblestone wall in front of right end of farmhouse with stone-on-edge coping to sides and iron g
  • II Pigsties at Maes-Caradoc
    Located between the farmhouse and 'old coach house' at Maes-Caradoc.
  • II 'Old Coach House' at Maes-Caradoc
    Located on roadside to north of farmhouse and associated farmbuildings at Maes-Caradoc.
  • II Pair of Cowhouses at Pentre Farm
    Located directly to east of farmhouse at Pentre Farm on opposite side of road, below which they are set, the upper parts of their south-west gable ends being approximately at road level.

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