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Bod Owen

A Grade II Listed Building in Penygroes, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0535 / 53°3'12"N

Longitude: -4.2811 / 4°16'52"W

OS Eastings: 247205

OS Northings: 353124

OS Grid: SH472531

Mapcode National: GBR 5H.CQHS

Mapcode Global: WH43T.6HMZ

Entry Name: Bod Owen

Listing Date: 21 July 2000

Last Amended: 21 July 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23702

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Situated in a prominent position at the junction of Ffordd-y-Sir and Heol Buddog with gardens in front and the similarly detailed Arvon alongside, the highly decorated slate roof of the building forms

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Llanllyfni

Community: Llanllyfni

Locality: Penygroes

Built-Up Area: Penygroes

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Built as offices for the former Dorothea Slate Quarry in early C20, converted to domestic use later in century, the remarkable highly decorative slate roof was no doubt intended to display the quality and variety of slates the Company's quarry had on offer and to give an indication of the way in which they could be employed to best effect.


Rendered walls, hipped slate roof, continued below the eaves and supported on timber brackets to centre; red ceramic ridge tiles, crested to the ends of the short ridge and hips; grey, green and purple slates forming diaper patterning to the middle of the roof with banded strips above and below, the whole having almost a Chinese appearance; rendered stacks in roof slope to left and right. Single storey. Front has slightly projecting central section defined by projection of roof below eaves. Central entrance; late C20 door flanked by late C20 bay windows retaining original early C20 slate lean-to canopies.


Interior not inspected at time of Survey.

Reasons for Listing

Forming a group with Arvon, which also retains its original form as Company office building, the buildings are an important relic of the slate industry in the town, notable for their virtuoso exploitation of the decorative properties of the material.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Arvon and adjoining outbuildings to the north
    Situated in a prominent position at the junction of Heol Buddog and Ffordd-y-Sir with gardens in front and the similarly detailed Bod Owen alongside, the highly patterned slate roofs of Arvon and its
  • II Muriau & Muriau Stores
    Located in the centre of Penygroes on the west side of Heol-y-Dwr (Water Street) near the junction with Lon Pitar.
  • II Bethel Chapel, railed enclosure and gates
    Prominently situated on slightly rising ground, into which it is set, towards the northern end of Penygroes, its Sunday School on the other side of the road, the chapel sits in its own walled and rail
  • II Sunday School/vestry to Bethel Chapel, including railings and gates
    Prominently sited on slightly rising ground, into which it is set, its chapel on the other side of the road, the Sunday School is located towards the northern end of Penygroes.
  • II Turnpike
    Located on the north side of the B 4418 approximately 500m east of Penygroes.
  • II Hen-dy
    Located on the west side of Ffordd Haearn Bach (the old tram road) approximately 200m north-west of Pen-y-Groes.
  • II Milestone
    Located on the east side of the A 487 on the northern edge of Penygroes; set in a rubblestone boundary wall.
  • II Pont Factory
    Road bridge and causeway on the A 487, spanning the Afon Lyni, between Llanllyfni and Penygroes.

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