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Nurse Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Holywell, Flintshire

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Latitude: 53.2458 / 53°14'44"N

Longitude: -3.2873 / 3°17'14"W

OS Eastings: 314197

OS Northings: 372863

OS Grid: SJ141728

Mapcode National: GBR 5ZHX.35

Mapcode Global: WH76Q.GPV1

Plus Code: 9C5R6PW7+83

Entry Name: Nurse Cottage

Listing Date: 31 January 2001

Last Amended: 31 January 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24678

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Approximately 1.8km NW of Ysceifiog and set back on the N side of aminor road between Afonwen and Babell.

County: Flintshire

Town: Mold

Community: Ysceifiog

Community: Ysceifiog

Locality: Afonwen

Traditional County: Flintshire

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Built as a pair of single-unit squatter cottages on Brynford Common and described as an 'encroachment' on the 1849 Tithe apportionment. The cottages became a single dwelling in the second half of the C20 when addition were made at the rear to replace early lean-tos.


A reflected pair of 2-storey single-window cottages of whitened rubble stone and replaced concrete tile roof, and end stone stacks. The doorways are set on the inner sides of the cottages. On the L side this has a replaced boarded door, on the R side now infilled and replaced by a top-hung casement window. Similar top-hung casements are on the outer sides in the lower storey, and have been inserted in original openings to replace horizontal sashes in the upper storey. The R-hand cottage has a single-storey projection to the R-hand side with a boarded door. The rear has lower flat-roofed projections to each cottage.


The single-unit interiors are retained, each cottage having a simple fireplace stair with wooden treads and balusters. Either side of the fireplace are cupboards with wooden doors.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare example of C19 squatter cottages retaining early character.

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