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Ty'n y Fedw

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanferres, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.1482 / 53°8'53"N

Longitude: -3.1971 / 3°11'49"W

OS Eastings: 320034

OS Northings: 361896

OS Grid: SJ200618

Mapcode National: GBR 6X.5PWZ

Mapcode Global: WH77B.V4RC

Plus Code: 9C5R4RX3+75

Entry Name: Ty'n y Fedw

Listing Date: 21 July 2004

Last Amended: 21 July 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82670

Building Class: Domestic

Location: In the grounds of Colomendy Hall, on the edge of woodland approx 0.5km SSW of the hall, and S of Glan Alyn. The house is set in a stone-walled enclosure, bounded by the remains of its farm-buildings

County: Denbighshire

Community: Llanferres

Community: Llanferres

Locality: Colomendy Hall

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The position and general character of the house suggest a close association with the estate at Colomendy, and the site appears to have functioned as a very small farm. It is possible that the site was absorbed by the estate, and earlier buildings remodelled, perhaps mid C19. The ruined farm-buildings associated with the house represent 2 distinct phases of construction (the oldest has rough pegged trusses and is early C19 or earlier), and the massive chimney of the house (reminiscent of those on squatter cottages) may also denote earlier origins. It derives its present architectural character from its association with the estate, and it is possible that its unusual roof covering (to'r brat or economy slate) was intended to lend a textured, picturesque effect. The remains of a bread-oven and possible range in one of the outbuildings perhaps hint at a service function within the estate. Ty'n y fedw had presumably fallen out of farm-use by the time the estate was developed first by the National Camps Corporation, and then by Liverpool Education Authority. The house was last occupied during the 1970's.


Very small cottage, comprising one single-celled range with a second (possibly later) unit abutting it and advanced from it. Local sandstone rubble, with roughly squared quoins and buttered pointing. To'r brat (or economy slate) roof - highly unusual for a domestic building - with the exception of the front slope of the secondary unit; slate verges; massive advanced stack on lower gable of the primary unit, surmounted by a squared stone stack, raised in brick-work. The cottage is entered from the rear (now via a modern brick lean-to), and its front elevation contains a small canted bay window, itself with to'r brat roof, with paired pointed lights. Four-pane sash window unaligned above. Single window at first floor in right-hand gable return, a 2-light casement with timber lintel. The advanced bay to the left is blind in its front elevation, but has a 2-pane casement window with brick arched head on each floor in the gable end. Small stone lean-to encloses the projecting base of the stack; inside it is a blocked doorway in the gable wall of the original unit.


Simple interior, comprising a single room on each floor of the original unit and its extension. Modern firplace, the original arragnement of the exceptionally large stack concealed. Simple timber staircase against upper gable wall.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a small cottage associated with the Colomendy estate, with picturesque character. It is of particular interest as an extremely unusual example of a to'r brat or economy slate roof on a domestic building.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Colomendy Hall
    Situated 0.3 km SE of the Loggerheads Inn PH, reached from a drive which runs S off the A494 beside the Three Loggerheads PH.
  • II Aberduna Engine House
    Situated in the edge of woodland NE of Aberduna Quarry. Reached by a footpath running W from the by road between Maeshafn and Gwernymynydd.
  • II Hay Barn at Colomendy Hall
    Situated to the N of Colomendy Hall immediately N of the farmyard reached from a drive which runs S off the A494 beside the Three Loggerheads PH.
  • II Glan-y-Afon
    Situated 0.5 km E of Tafarn-y-gelyn in its own grounds beside the River Alyn. Reached from a drive running E off the A494 between Tafarn-y-Gelyn and Loggerheads.
  • II Pentre Mill (including Sluice and Cast Iron Flume to rear)
    Situated in the Loggerheads Country Park 0.2 km N of the Loggerheads PH, reached from a drive running N from the A494 at its junction with the by road to Cilcain.
  • II Nant Cottage
    Reached along a by-road E off A494 towards Maeshafn; NE of Llanferres. Set back from the road, below the hill on a levelled site.
  • II Bridge at Cascade Wood
    Set in the heart of Cascade Wood south east of Tafarn-y-Gelyn and west of Maeshafn. Spanning the River Alyn and reached from a woodland footpath off a lane to the east of the river.
  • II Telephone Call-box to N of Miner's Arms PH
    On small green area to N of Miner's Arms PH

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