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The Plas

A Grade II Listed Building in Harlech, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8585 / 52°51'30"N

Longitude: -4.1088 / 4°6'31"W

OS Eastings: 258119

OS Northings: 331080

OS Grid: SH581310

Mapcode National: GBR 5Q.RY4Z

Mapcode Global: WH55Z.VDMZ

Entry Name: The Plas

Listing Date: 21 June 2001

Last Amended: 21 June 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25502

Building Class: Commercial

Location: On the street line, at the SW end of the main street.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Harlech

Community: Harlech

Built-Up Area: Harlech

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Built as the Blue Lion Inn c1830 by Sir Robert Williams Vaughan, Bart. as a speculative developement designed to serve the growing tourist trade. The inn was built on the site of Plas-yn-Harlech, a sub-medieval town house of the Nanney familiy (of Nannau near Dolgellau); the name was taken from the crest of the family, whose head, at that time, was Sir Robert. Morgan Davies and Daniel Parry are recorded as the first landlords.


Three-storey late Georgian former inn. Of local rubble construction with whitened facade; hipped slate roof with tiled ridges and ashlar end chimneys with plain bands and capping. Three-bay facade, the right-hand bay double-spaced from the other 2 bays, and giving consequent asymmetry. Off-centre entrance with recessed second-half C20 multi-pane glazed door below a contemporary semi-circular leaded wooden porch canopy. The flanking C20 ground floor windows are in the form of semi-circular bows with similar flat leaded roofs and multi-pane glazing. Original unhorned sash windows to the upper floors, 16-pane to the first and 12-pane to the secnd; these are recessed and have projecting slate sills. C20 sign with scrolled iron bracket to the centre first floor.

The rear facade faces a revetted terrace. Its ground floor has a continuous, later C19 glazed verandah, with sash windows within flanking a central entrance with small-pane French doors; marginal glazing. The upper floors have sashes as before with C20 slatted wooden external shutters; further original sashes to the SW side elevation.


Full-width room to the rear, opening onto the verandah. Simple C19 plaster cornicing with panelled window and entrance reveals and moulded architraves. The staircase, formerly ascending to the L at the end of the entrance hall, has been removed.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a second-quarter C19 former inn retaining good original external character, and for its importance to the history of Tourism in Harlech in the C19.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Spar
    On the street-line, adjoining Plas Cafe.
  • II Parish Church of St Tanwg
    Located within its own churchyard set back on a bend in the town's main street (Stryd Fawr).
  • II Harlech Pottery including Forecourt Walls and Railings
    Set back at a slight angle to the street partly with low, railed forecourt walls.
  • II Gweithdy Saer
    Set back slightly from the lane behind a short metalled forecourt.
  • I Harlech Castle
    Imposingly sited in the centre of the town with dramatic views across Tremadog Bay and towards Snowdonia.
  • II Bryn Tirion
    Set against the hill slope at the junction between Pen Dref and a lane leading to Rehoboth chapel, in the centre of the town.
  • II Ty'r Felin
    Set back slightly from the lane behind a narrow garden.
  • II Capel Rehoboth
    On a commanding, elevated site on the eastern edge of Harlech with fine views over the town and castle; set within its own walled graveyard and accessed via a steep lane leading up from the Stryd Fawr

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