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Minafon (Former Pentre Llawen Woollen Factory)

A Grade II Listed Building in Cynwyd, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 52.9579 / 52°57'28"N

Longitude: -3.4051 / 3°24'18"W

OS Eastings: 305708

OS Northings: 340981

OS Grid: SJ057409

Mapcode National: GBR 6N.KMCL

Mapcode Global: WH780.NXQ9

Entry Name: Minafon (Former Pentre Llawen Woollen Factory)

Listing Date: 28 January 2004

Last Amended: 28 January 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82407

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Located near the SE edge of the village, the N side facing the River Trystion and the S side fronting a lane. The W entrance faces towards Pont Trystion.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Cynwyd

Community: Cynwyd

Built-Up Area: Cynwyd

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Small C19 woollen factory, shown on the Ordnance Survey of 1891. The location of the wheel is uncertain, but may have been in the NW angle between the main range and entrance unit, fed by a leat running underneath the building: alternatively, the wheel could have been inside. The factory went out of use during the C20. It was unoccupied at the time of visit, but may have been converted for domestic accommodation.


Large 2-storey range with basement to N, alongside river. Lower narrower gabled unit to W end, forming entrance and probably the office. Constructed of rubble stone with quoins under a slate roof with wide yellow brick ridge stack to rear of entrance unit. Symmetrical 2-window gable fa├žade with central entrance; shallow open stone porch with flat stone roof, containing a C20 part-lit panelled door. This is flanked by narrow 4-pane horned sash windows with replaced timber lintels; similar windows aligned above. The openings to the main range are irregularly placed, most containing C20 small-pane top-hung wooden windows. Flanking the entrance unit, the main range has French doors to the R, and a lean-to on the L which could have been associated with a former water-wheel. Above the lean-to is a small-pane window. The S side, facing the road, has a central inset 1st floor loading doorway which contains a boarded door with long timber lintel; small-pane wooden windows beneath and flanking the doorway, the latter immediately under the eaves. The E gable end has irregular windows; 3 to lower storey, that to L top-hung with plain glazing. The 1st floor has small-pane windows to L and centre, the latter larger than elsewhere with a steel lintel. Large circular vent, currently unglazed, to gable apex. Irregular 2-window N elevation, those to ground floor are 2-light plain-glazed casements, probably late C20-early C21. Small-pane window to bottom R, lighting basement.


No access to interior at time of inspection.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare survival of a C19 woollen factory retaining its character, and which represents an important rural industry in Wales. Group value with the former Prince's Yard factory on the opposite bank of the river.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II ,1,,Cynwyd,,CLWYD,
    Located in a prominent position in the angle of 2 lanes, facing Pont Trystion. At the S end of the village and reached off the E side of the B4401.
  • II ,2,,Cynwyd,,CLWYD,
    Located in a prominent position in the angle of 2 lanes, facing Pont Trystion. At the S end of the village and reached off the E side of the B4401.
  • II Pont Trystion
    Located towards the SE of the village and carrying a lane NE from the B4401.
  • II Cynwyd Youth Hostel (former Prince's Yard Factory)
    Off a narrow lane on the SE side of the village, on the S banks of the River Trystion.
  • II Pont Cynwyd
    The bridge carries the B4401 N-S through Cynwyd village.
  • II Y Bwthyn
    Reached off the E side of the B4401, and part of a terrace which joins the Blue Lion Hotel.
  • II The Blue Lion Hotel
    Prominently sited at the crossroads in the centre of the village, at a splayed angle to the road.
  • II* Pont Dyffrdwy
    Located immediately W of Cynwyd village, and carrying a minor road over the River Dee.

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