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Steps, Piers and Associated Cobbled Pavement Descending From Ladies Lodge to the Hercules Statue

A Grade II Listed Building in Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9134 / 52°54'48"N

Longitude: -4.0986 / 4°5'55"W

OS Eastings: 258980

OS Northings: 337165

OS Grid: SH589371

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.NDVZ

Mapcode Global: WH55T.01KC

Entry Name: Steps, Piers and Associated Cobbled Pavement Descending From Ladies Lodge to the Hercules Statue

Listing Date: 23 August 2002

Last Amended: 23 August 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26868

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Bordering the Central Piazza on the S side between Ladies Lodge and the Hercules Statue.

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.

Laid out c1964-5 at the time of the remodelling of the Central Piazza and the erection of the Gothick Pavillion. The Stone lion was presented to Sir Clough as a 90th birthday present by friends in 1973.


A flight of nine steps descends towards the Hercules monument from the main village lane immediately opposite the Statue of Buddha. At the top of the steps are tall rendered piers with stone ball finials and short sections of turned balustrade terminating in squat inner piers; the latter are surmounted by stone urns. At the bottom of the flight a decorative random-cobbled pavement descends the rest of the way, joined from the SE by a similar pavement descending from the arch between Ladies Lodge and the Round House. Half-way down the pavement, close to the Gothick Pavilion, and on the opposite side of the path, is a large stone sculpture of a recumbant lion on a stone plinth with dedicatory cartouche.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as one of 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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