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A Grade II Listed Building in Llanycil, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8946 / 52°53'40"N

Longitude: -3.6575 / 3°39'26"W

OS Eastings: 288594

OS Northings: 334303

OS Grid: SH885343

Mapcode National: GBR 6B.PL1P

Mapcode Global: WH674.SHJS

Entry Name: Cyffdy

Listing Date: 22 October 2001

Last Amended: 22 October 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25811

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located on an elevated site approximately 1km NE of Pont Llwyn-Hir; accessed from the Parc to Llanycil road via a track leading off to the NW.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bala

Community: Llanycil

Community: Llanycil

Locality: Parc

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Sub-medieval L-shaped storeyed gentry house, probably of late C16 or early C17 origins with later alterations and additions. A stair tower was added to the rear in the late C17, replacing a newel predecessor to the right of the former hall chimney (now lost, though implied). A possibly contemporary alteration was the creation of the present lobby entry which replaced the primary entrance to the left. The house was extended to the right in 1881, the new section incorporating a carthouse. Various unsympathetic alterations of the post-War period, particularly to openings, have recently been reversed in a careful programme of restoration works. There is a reference to the site in the medieval court of augmentations of 1550, "where upon is neither tenement nor other building."


Two-and-a-half storey L-plan gentry house of slatestone construction, the primary section (left half) of rough-dressed blocks; medium-steep modern slate roof with end chimneys to the primary house, that to the R now a central stack. Advanced, gabled wing to the L, its end chimney corbelled out slightly at the base. The main range has a masonry break clearly visible to the centre; this defines the extent of the original house, with the 2-bay flush addition to the R corresponding to the later phase. Central entrance with C20 porch having rubble plinth, glazed sides and pitched, slated roof with timber-framed gable; modern panelled door. To the L of the porch is a blocked earlier (perhaps primary) doorway with a 2-part window beyond, of 9-pane and 6-pane sections. The first floor has two 2-light 12-pane casements with a further single-light, 6-pane casement to the R. To the R of the porch are two similar ground floor windows, each with 2-light casements to the first floor above. Of the ground-floor windows, that to the L has an exposed timber lintel, whilst that to the R is within an infilled late C19 cart-bay; the wide brick segmental arch to this remains visible, and has a keystone inscribed with the date 1881. The roof has 3 equally-spaced modern gabled dormers with slated sides and gables and 12-pane casements as before; recessed end bay to the R. Single-bay advanced section with windows as before to all three levels on the R return; cellar entrance below with external stepped access and boarded door.

The rear has a full-height gabled stair projection to the primary section (R), with similar casements on two levels to this and the end bay to the R. To the L of the stair tower is a continuous slated lean-to abuting the rear of the main block. This has a part-glazed entrance to the R with adjacent 2-light window to its L. Two 4-light windows beyond, with a 6-pane fixed window to the far L. The first floor has two casements and a 4-part window as before. Three dormers to the roof, a gabled dormer to the R, a 2-light flat-roofed dormer to the centre and a long flat-roofed dormer with 4-part window adjacent to the L.


Present lobby-entry onto former hall with advanced parlour wing leading off to L; roughly-chamfered main beams to hall and parlour ceilings, with plain joists to the hall and largely C20 joists to the parlour. Modern marble slab floor to the hall. Original oak close-studded partition wall between the hall and parlour, with outer entrances having 2-light pegged, open rectangular overlights. Leading off from the hall to the rear is a late C17 oak dogleg stair rising full-height to the attic floor. This has square, plain-capped newel posts and well-turned balusters. The attic floor retains its original principals, though the collars have been removed.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a sub-medieval storeyed gentry house retaining good original external character and interior features including a fine late C17 stair.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Barn at Rafel
    Sited immediately in front of, at at right-angles to, Rafel (to the NE).
  • II Rafel
    Located approximately 1.2km E of Parc; accessed via a short track running S from the road running from Parc to Llanycil.
  • II Pont Llwyn-Hir (aka Pont-y-Cyffdy)
    Spanning the Afon Isaf approximately 1km E of Parc; carrying the road from Lanycil to Parc.
  • II Pont-y-Parc
    Spanning the Afon Llafar in the centre of the village.
  • II Cynthog-Isaf
    Set back slightly on a bend on the E side of the road running due N from Parc towards Rhyd-Uchaf; set into a gentle slope.
  • II Gwernhefin including Quadrangular Agricultural Complex adjoining to N
    Located at the south-eastern boundary of the community set back from the Roman road; accessed via its own farm lane leading NW from the main road near Pont-y-Lafar.

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