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A Grade II Listed Building in Llandderfel, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9147 / 52°54'52"N

Longitude: -3.5205 / 3°31'13"W

OS Eastings: 297852

OS Northings: 336332

OS Grid: SH978363

Mapcode National: GBR 6H.NH8Y

Mapcode Global: WH670.WZQX

Entry Name: Ty'n-y-Ddol

Listing Date: 31 January 2001

Last Amended: 31 January 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24641

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Set back from the road to the S of Llandderfel; accessed via a farm track running W from the road.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bala

Community: Llandderfel

Community: Llandderfel

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Early C17 storeyed house with a visible cruck blade embedded in the wall suggesting earlier, probably late medieval origins as a hall house. The house was altered and partly rebuilt by John Davies following his purchase of the estate and erection of the nearby house Fronheulog. Ty'n-y-Ddol served, from this time onwards, as the estate home farm; a carthouse block of this period adjoins, now converted for domestic use and part of the house. Mid and late C20 alterations.


Long 2-storeyed farmhouse of some ambition, comprising a main range of 3 unit lobby-entry plan, with lower carthouse range added in line to the R. Of local rubble with earlier timber-framed core and long, rough-dressed stones, particularly quoins, to the earlier eastern section; slate roof with tiled ridge and oversailing eaves and verges. Squat rubble chimneys with weathercoursing and capping, including an early central stack, reduced and with modern brick additional flue to the S. The entrance front (N) has an off-centre entrance (L) with flush 6-panel early C19 door. To the L of this is a blocked-up entrance and an irregular masonry break dividing the earlier, C17 masonry (L) from the rebuilt section to the R. R of the entrance are 2 C19 unhorned, 9-pane sashes, with taller 12-pane sashes aligned to the first floor above. To the R of this a rubble wall advances at right-angles and returns to the R to enclose a small yard, with N and S openings. The house elevation has a 6-pane window to the L at this point, formerly an entrance, with a further 6-pane casement to the R.

The S elevation (rear) has a catslide projection to the R, originally probably a gabled wing and altered in the early C19. Asymmetrical openings: a small 6-pane casement and a 9-pane window to the ground floor of the main block, with a fixed 4-pane window to the L, having a concrete lintel. The first floor has a modern 4-pane window to the L with a modern 9-pane sash to the centre and an original 12-pane sash to the R.

Adjoining the main block to the W, and stepped-down slightly, is a C19 2-bay carthouse block with mid C20 raising to the roof. This has 2 wide cart entrances to the N side, both blocked and with modern 6-pane windows; exposed timber lintels. The S side has an entrance with part-glazed C20 door to the L with a small original window to the R; 4-pane glazing. Modern 4-pane sashes to upper floor. The gable end (W) has external stepped access to a former upper (granary) entrance, now a 20-pane wooden door (mid C20).


Three-unit lobby-entry plan with former hall to the R and parlour section to the L; kitchen beyond hall. The latter has a Tudor-arched early C17 doorway and a broad stopped-chamfered main beam (joists implied but hidden by plastered ceiling). A section of contemporary post-and-panel partition survives to the R. A C19 stick-baluster turning stair leads off to the R. The hall has a fireplace with large stopped-chamfered oak bressummer with rough-dressed slatestone quoins. C19 plain-joisted ceiling; one cruck blade visible within the wall on the S side. The first floor has two polished slate fireplaces with simple Neo-classical grates having meander decoration; panelled window reveals.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as a sub-medieval storeyed house of locally-favoured 3-unit lobby-entry plan, with earlier, timber-framed origins and early C19 alterations, retaining good external character.

Group value with other listed items at Ty'n-y-Ddol.

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