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Wern Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Glyntraian (Glyntraean), Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.9458 / 52°56'45"N

Longitude: -3.1085 / 3°6'30"W

OS Eastings: 325608

OS Northings: 339292

OS Grid: SJ256392

Mapcode National: GBR 71.LFDF

Mapcode Global: WH78C.760Z

Entry Name: Wern Tower

Listing Date: 18 February 2003

Last Amended: 18 February 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 80902

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The farm is located on the N side of a lane which leads from Chirk Castle to Pontfadog, high above and to the N of the Ceiriog Valley.

County: Wrexham

Town: Llangollen

Community: Glyntraian (Glyntraean)

Community: Glyntraian

Locality: Wern Tower

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Sub-medieval farmhouse remodelled in C19 with central stair-hall arrangement and brick stacks. Shown on the tithe map of 1839, when it was known as Wern Tour Isa. A part of the Chirk estate.


Two-window cottage of one-and-a-half storeys, rendered over rubble stone, with slate roofs and C19 brick stacks. End stack to L, in a projection supported by a raked buttress. Second stack to R, beyond which is a further unit of rubble stone, probably added later, the front wall slightly recessed. Rendered part has boarded door slightly R of centre under a gabled porch hood. Flanking casement windows, 3-light to L and 2-light to R. Two gabled dormers to upper storey with late C20 2-light casements. Recessed unit to R has 2-light metal casement to upper storey. N gable end has 2 x 2-light windows at ground floor level, metal casement to L and wood-framed to R. C20 panelled door to rear of rubble unit, with wooden casement to its L, protected by a corrugated asbestos lean-to roof. To R is a stone lean-to with small window to N side and C20 window to W. This joins the stable range which continues W at right angles.


Central stair-hall with reception rooms to L and R. L room has large stone fireplace with cambered timber lintel with slight chamfer. Ceiling has cross beam and spine beam with shallow chamfers, which join in centre, and similar joists. R room not entered.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a regional sub-medieval farmhouse with C19 modifications, retaining its character. Group value with farm ranges adjoining to SW.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Farm Ranges at Wern Tower
    The ranges form 3 sides of the farmyard, which is open to the E side. The E end of the N range joins the rear elevation of the farmhouse, whilst the S range fronts the road.
  • II Pant-du-uchaf
    Located on the E side of a narrow lane which leads N towards Froncysyllte from the Chirk Castle to Pontfadog road. In an upland location high above the Ceiriog Valley.
  • II Cottage at The Kennels
    The group of buildings known as The Kennels stand on the NE side of the road bounding the NE side of Chirk Castle park.
  • II The Kennels
    The Kennels stand back from the Kennels Cottage, off the road bounding the Chirk Castle Estate on the NE side.
  • II Nos 1 and 2 Home Farm Cottages
    Home Farm Cottages are a pair of estate cottages, lying ENE of Home Farm and facing E over the former pool.
  • II Johnston's Cottage and Farm Buildings of Home Farm
    Home farm stands in Chirk Castle park, approximately 170m NW of the castle, from which it is largely hidden by the configuration of the ground.
  • II Squash Court at Chirk Castle
    Situated 200m to the south of Chirk Castle Home Farm
  • II Wall on the NE side of the driveway to the Stables
    The wall bounds the NE side of the driveway, and encloses the service access from the park to the N.

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