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A Grade II Listed Building in Llansilin, Powys

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Latitude: 52.8669 / 52°52'0"N

Longitude: -3.1777 / 3°10'39"W

OS Eastings: 320817

OS Northings: 330581

OS Grid: SJ208305

Mapcode National: GBR 6Y.RGLX

Mapcode Global: WH78Q.562J

Plus Code: 9C4RVR8C+PW

Entry Name: Rhydleos

Listing Date: 25 September 2003

Last Amended: 25 September 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 81916

ID on this website: 300081916

Location: At the south side of the minor road from Llangadwaladr to Rhydycroesau in the Avon Ogau valley.

County: Powys

Community: Llansilin

Community: Llansilin

Locality: Rhydleos

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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A small building is marked at this location in 1843, owned and occupied by Thomas Morris. This earlier building has been incorporated in the north-east corner of the present house (straight joints being discernable in the masonry of the north and east faces). It was a cottage or a large bakehouse, now surviving as a single room at ground level with a hearth and adjacent large bread oven, plus a room above at a floor level which is considerably lower than the remainder of the first floor of the house.

The house as enlarged in marked 'Erected by J and S Morris AD 1880' on a date-stone at each end. It is said to have been built by Morris of Llwynymaen for his daughter.


A house of three-storeys and a basement in uncoursed local shaley stone. The tops of the walls consist of about four courses of red brick. The front of the house is in similar red brick, block-bonded at the corners into the stonework. Double hipped slate roof.

The front (to south) is a symmetrical three-window elevation with small-pane windows in diminishing heights vertically aligned. The ground storey windows are of sash type; the first storey windows comprise a sash window and two cross windows; the second storey windows are three-light casement windows. Small arched doorway at centre with unusually narrow double doors.

The side windows to left and right are a mixture of 16-pane sash windows and small-pane windows in block-bonded freestone surrounds with arched heads and stone sills. The rear windows are small, some are small pane casements, some four-pane sash windows.


The layout of the enlarged house is a difficult compromise between the evidently intended symmetrical planning and the restrictions caused by the decision to retain the smaller earlier building. Because the chimney of the earlier building occupies the space where the stairs would be expected, the stairs have been placed forward and the main front door opens directly onto them. In consequence the main doors are double and very small. This main staircase rises to the first floor only and has an unusually steep pitch; the second storey of the main part of the house is reached by a confined secondary staircase located to one side. Other stairs serve the kitchen (the incorporated earlier building) and its upper storey, and another short flight rises from this earlier upper storey to the general upper floor of the enlarged house.

The cellar belongs to the enlarged house, and has windows to the west side.

Reasons for Listing

A large C19 house of traditional design which has retained its character, dominating the Afon Ogau valley.

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  • II* Tyddyn Cynar
    Reached by a track to the south of the minor road from Llangadwaladr to Rhydycroesau.
  • II Former Separate Kitchen or Bakehouse at Tyddyn Cynar
    15 m south-east of Tyddyn Cynar.
  • II Ysgwennant
    At north side of a minor road from Llangadwaladr to Rhydycroesau, on a south facing slope in the valley of Afon Ysgwennant about 3.2 km NW of Llansilin village.
  • II Ty-mawr
    To south of a minor road in the Afon Ogau valley about 1 km north-east of the village of Llansilin.
  • II* Hafod
    Reached by a short lane to the north of the Rhiwlas to Rhydycroesau road.
  • II Felin-newydd stables
    To north side of the yard of Felin Newydd.
  • II Felin Newydd with Attached Former Miller's Cottage and Shed
    On the west side of the Afon Ogau about 1 km north-east of the village of Llansilin. The mill was fed by a leat and a millpond terminating in a stone retaining structure.
  • II Felin-newydd (house)
    At Felin-newydd about 2 km north-east of Llansilin village. Small walled and gated enclosure at front.

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