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Walls and Gateways Edging the Central Piazza to the NW

A Grade II Listed Building in Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9136 / 52°54'48"N

Longitude: -4.0997 / 4°5'58"W

OS Eastings: 258910

OS Northings: 337189

OS Grid: SH589371

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.NDM7

Mapcode Global: WH55T.0117

Entry Name: Walls and Gateways Edging the Central Piazza to the NW

Listing Date: 23 August 2002

Last Amended: 23 August 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26866

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Defining the perimeter of the Central Piazza between Trinity and the Gloriette.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Penrhyndeudraeth

Community: Penrhyndeudraeth

Locality: Portmeirion

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Portmeirion was designed and laid out by the celebrated architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis (1883-1978) following his purchase of the estate, then called Aber IĆ¢, in 1926. The village evolved over several decades and was still being added to in the 1970s.

These walls and gateway structures appear to date from the mid 1930s and defined the central village space which at that time was partly occupied by a tennis court. The area was restructured between 1964 and 1965 when the Gloriette and Central Piazza were created.


The wall begins at Trinity, uncoped, and at a height of approximately 2.2m. It runs northwards following the road in a curve to the E. At a point some 8m N of Trinity the wall slopes down on either side of a vista break with sandsone balustrading. Beyond this, after a short distance, the wall slopes down again on either side of a wide opening between two large trees. The opening gives onto a raised and rubble revetted childrens' play area of roughly parabolic plan. Immediately adjoining this to the E is an entrance to the Piazza. This consists of a pair of widely-spaced rusticated, rendered piers some 2m high, with surmounting urn finials. A flight of 8 slate steps leads down from a cobbled pavement; simple scrolled iron balustrades to both sides. Adjoining this to the E the wall splays inwards to enclose a cobbled seating area some 8m in length, with reconstituted stone balustrading and surmounting stone flower boxes; terracotta urns flank the area to R and L.

Immediately E of this the wall slopes up on either side of a tall baroque archway. This consists of a rubble arch with rendered overthrow in the form of a shaped pediment with voluted flanking piers. Central arched niche above the arch to the road side containing a small baroque statue; affixed bronze star above. On the Piazza side is a large Coade stone Royal Arms dated 1806; roundels to the L and R. The wall continues for approximately 6m further until it joins the Gloriette.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a series of walls and gateways defining the Central Piazza, an important focus of the village; belonging to a number of buildings and structures erected by the eminent architect and conservationist Sir Clough Williams-Ellis for his visionary Portmeirion villiage.

Group value with other listed items at Portmeirion.

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