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Maes Glas, including railings & gate, Caernarfon

Description: Maes Glas, including railings & gate

Grade: II
Date Listed: 31 March 1983
Cadw Building ID: 26516

OS Grid Coordinates: 247901, 362653
Latitude/Longitude: 53.1390, -4.2741

Location: 3 Segontium Terrace, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 2PN, UK LL55 2NN

Locality: Caernarfon
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales
Postcode: LL55 2NN

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Listing Text

Location
In a prominently sited terrace with the rear overlooking Slate Quay.

History
32-37 Castle Square is said to have been built in 1834 and first shown on the town map of 1834. The terrace of 6 houses was evidently intended to be a larger symmetrical composition, the centrepiece being No 33 which was built as the Castle Hotel. However, only one house was added to the L side, with 4 on the R side. Owned by the Assheton-Smith family, it was a speculative development designed to attract the growing business and professional class in the town, and was one of a number of developments owned by the Vaynol Estate in Caernarfon. In the late C19 the houses had already been partly adapted to business use, a trend that continued in the C20. By 1895 No 34 was a solicitor's office and No 36 was the office of the Prudential Assurance Company. No 37 was altered, probably in 1911 when adjacent houses were demolished to create a viewing area for the Investiture of the Prince of Wales, when the gable end was rebuilt and the porch was added. The block was sold by the Vaynol Estate in 1957.

Interior
The original panelled front door is retained inside the porch and has glazing inserted in its middle and upper panels. Inside the entrance hall is a ceiling rose and moulded plaster cornice, while a round arch with panelled soffit leads to the stair. A full-height open-well stair has wreathed hand rail, plain balusters and moulded tread ends. The basement has straight flights of simpler stairs.

Exterior
The rear is roughcast and has 4-pane sash windows. A single-storey wing is added at basement level.

Reason for Listing
32-37 Castle Square is listed as a well-preserved and ambitious piece of early C19 urban planning that continues the strong Georgian tradition in Caernarfon and demonstrates the early use of brick in the town's domestic architecture. It also makes an important contribution to the historic character of Castle Square and the setting of Caernarfon Castle.

References
Particulars and Conditions of Sale of Freehold Properties ... in Caernarvon, 1957, pp 11-12;
Jones, W.H., Old Karnarvon, 1881, p 89;
Slater's Directory of North Wales, 1895, p 121;
Wood, John, Plan of the Town of Caernarvon, 1834.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Notes:
In a prominently sited terrace with the rear overlooking Slate Quay.

Source: Cadw

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