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Gate-house, with gate-piers and retaining wall to courtyard, Plas Rhianfa

A Grade II Listed Building in Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2385 / 53°14'18"N

Longitude: -4.1434 / 4°8'36"W

OS Eastings: 257052

OS Northings: 373415

OS Grid: SH570734

Mapcode National: GBR JN44.GSH

Mapcode Global: WH541.BV6P

Entry Name: Gate-house, with gate-piers and retaining wall to courtyard, Plas Rhianfa

Listing Date: 6 September 2004

Last Amended: 16 August 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 83051

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Set back from the SE side of the A545 Beaumaris Road out of Menai Bridge towards Beaumaris.

County: Isle of Anglesey

Community: Cwm Cadnant

Community: Cwm Cadnant

Locality: Glyn Garth

Built-Up Area: Menai Bridge

Traditional County: Anglesey

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History

The building of the Plas Rhianfa was begun in 1849, for Sir John Hay Williams, 2nd Baronet of Bodelwyddan. The house was intended as a dower house, to provide a home for his wife and daughters after his death. Sir John and Lady Sarah Williams did much of the design work themselves, but used as their architect, Charles Reed of Liverpool, and John Rogers of Beaumaris as builder. Designed in a similar idiom, and built using similar materials, the gate-house seems clearly to be an integral part of the original scheme.

Exterior

Gatehouse. French Gothic style. Faced in Penmon limestone rubble with freestone dressings, and fish-scale slate roof. Two storeyed from courtyard level, but descending to the garden level below. Square in plan, echoing the main house in its detail, including the miniature turrets which clasp each angle at first floor level. West facing elevation has archway through to stable-yard to right, with triangular oriel window cutting through eaves above. Porch advanced to left as square turret. Narrow window onto N (roadside) elevation, and paired narrow lights to S. Dormers within the roof to N and S, each with traceried lights, nail-head decoration and cresting. A later C20 flat roofed extension disturbs the original design to the E.
A pair of gate-piers adjoins the gate-house to the N: square piers with tall pyramidal copings.
The gate-house is linked to the main house by a castellated wall (through which a staircase descends). This serves as a retaining wall for the courtyard.

Interior

Not inspected.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an integral part of the ensemble of building at Plas Rhianfa, and itself a small-scale essay in the French Gothic style.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Summer house and dovecote in garden of Plas Rhianfa
    Set back from the SE side of the A545 Beaumaris Road out of Menai Bridge towards Beaumaris.
  • II* Plas Rhianfa
    Set back from the SE side of the A545 Beaumaris Road out of Menai Bridge towards Beaumaris.
  • II Lodge at Craig-y-Don
    Set at the SE side of the A545 Beaumaris Road at the entry to the drive to Craig y Don above and to the NE of the house.
  • II Milestone below Min y Twr
    Set alongside the SE of the A545 Beaumais Road out of Menai Bridge towards Beaumaris; opposite the S entrance to Min y Twr.
  • II Craig-y-Don
    Situated in its own grounds sloping down towards the Menai Straits; set back from the SE side of the A545 Beaumaris Road, along which run the boundary walls. Prominent entry beside lodge, tree-lined
  • II Garden house at Min y Twr
    Within the private grounds of Min y Twr, in an elevated location above the NW side of the A545 Beaumaris Road out of Menai Bridge.
  • II Tower and walls at Min y Twr
    Within the private grounds of Min y Twr, in an elevated location above the NW side of the A545 Beaumaris Road out of Menai Bridge.
  • II Coachhouse at Craig-y-Don
    Set back from the SE side of the A545 Beaumaris Road, the coachhouse is located to SW of the house and close to the water’s edge; reached by the same drive.

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