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Foelnant Telegraph Station (former)

A Grade II Listed Building in Prestatyn, Denbighshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3361 / 53°20'9"N

Longitude: -3.3771 / 3°22'37"W

OS Eastings: 308396

OS Northings: 383011

OS Grid: SJ083830

Mapcode National: GBR 4YVV.NV

Mapcode Global: WH769.3D3V

Entry Name: Foelnant Telegraph Station (former)

Listing Date: 30 November 1964

Last Amended: 12 September 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1427

Building Class: Communications

Location: In isolation, about 250 m to the south of Gronant Road and about 1 km west of Gronant village

County: Denbighshire

Community: Prestatyn

Traditional County: Flintshire

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History

Signalling by semaphore started on the North Wales coast in 1826, a number of stations including the predecessor of Foelnant being set up by the Mersey Docks Trust. The position of an 'old telegraph station' 300 m east-north-east of Pen-yr-allt is shown on the 1871 Ordnance Survey map.

The present Foelnant building carries a stone tablet in south gable with the inscription "Voelnant Telegraph Built in 1841 by the Trustees of the Liverpool Docks". It was built on land belonging to the Nant Hall estate. The semaphore system was used as late as 1860 as an emergency fallback when the electric telegraph failed. Though probably redundant by 1879 the station remained in the occupation of the dock trustees at a rent of £5 per annum.

In the early C20 Foelnant station was brought back into use for spotting ships in distress and summoning lifeboats, but was closed c1907. A stand for launching rockets was set up nearby.

Exterior

Rectangular single-storey, two-window brick former telegraph station. When surveyed in 1963 this was described as lime-washed; addition to north including two bow windows; slate roof with graduated courses and with stone copings up to half hips; recessed sash windows with glazing bars, somewhat altered on east side.

Not inspected during resurvey because of foot-and-mouth disease restrictions.

Interior

Central chimney stack has clustered octagonal flues; splayed fireplaces said to include one of stone with 3-centre arch to lintel.

Reasons for Listing

An important survival of a north-Wales semaphore telegraph station of 1841 put up by the Liverpool Docks Trustees.

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