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Hen siop, with front garden wall

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanegryn, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.6364 / 52°38'10"N

Longitude: -4.0694 / 4°4'9"W

OS Eastings: 260058

OS Northings: 306301

OS Grid: SH600063

Mapcode National: GBR 8S.6W53

Mapcode Global: WH56Z.GZFS

Entry Name: Hen siop, with front garden wall

Listing Date: 26 July 2000

Last Amended: 26 July 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23780

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The house stands back from the minor road leading N from the crossroads immediately E of the church, running towards Cae'r mynach and the open hill of Allt-lwyd.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Tywyn

Community: Llanegryn

Community: Llanegryn

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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The building, which was originally called Tyddyn-du-yr-arfod, and later Bryn o'r-orsedd, is probably of mid-later C17 date, representing a more substantial farmhouse of the period. It was occupied by John Watkin in 1664, and later it housed the village grocer's shop operated by Henry Parry in 1675. It is recorded in Myfyrian Archaiology of Wales, that one of the 4 gorseddau of Britain met here regularly, including in 1647, and the large erratic boulder behind the house may well mark the position.


Built of rubble stone, with a slate roof between raised stone-coped gables with chimney stacks. One storey and attic, 3 bays. Central timber door, and C19 4-pane sash windows to each bay either side. The windows of the upper floor have timber cross casements rising above the eaves as 3 gabled dormers. Added lean-to at the rear containing the kitchen. The building extends to the E with a stable and outbuildings in line, this extended to the front under a continuation of the front roof. Boarded door to the stable. In front of the house, a curved stone wall with a central gate.


The front entrance opens into a full bay width hallway, with the living kitchen to the left, and a smaller parlour on the right. The living room has a large gable-end fireplace with splayed reveals, a former small circular stair on the right, and an oven in the left cheek. The stair is replaced with an early C20 stair in the central bay, which retains the original rear door into the lean-to kitchen. Cross beams on the bay divisions, and chamfered ceiling joists with cut stops.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a well-preserved C17 farmhouse which retains a strong regional character both externally and internally, and has interesting associations as an early meeting place for the gorsedd.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Llwyn
    The three cottages lie at the end of a trackway leading off the Llanegryn to Abergynolwyn road, opposite the gates to Peniarth.
  • II Bryn Tudur
    The house stands on a trackway off the main Llanegryn to Abergynolwen Road, commencing opposite the gates to Peniarth.
  • II Nant Madyn
    The farmhouse is on high land, reached by a minor road running N from the crossroads immediately E of the church.
  • II Lychgate at the Church of St Mary and St Egryn
    The church stands c500-600m N of the present village. The lychgate forms the entrance to the churchyard from the E.
  • I Church of St Mary and St Egryn
    The church is located on a S facing bluff above the confluence of two streams, NNW of the present nucleated village, and is reached by a minor road off the N end of the main village street.
  • II Gate piers and gate to Peniarth
    The gates to the estate are set back on the S side of the road from Llanegryn to Abergynolwyn, opposite the lodge.
  • II Maes y Haf
    The house, one of a pair, lies on the S side of the road out of Llanegryn running towards Peniarth.
  • II Bryn meirion
    The house, one of a pair, lies on the S side of the road out of Llanegryn village towards Peniarth.

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