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Melin Dol-rhyd

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfair Caereinion, Powys

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Latitude: 52.66 / 52°39'36"N

Longitude: -3.3089 / 3°18'31"W

OS Eastings: 311569

OS Northings: 307728

OS Grid: SJ115077

Mapcode National: GBR 9S.5J0L

Mapcode Global: WH79M.4DML

Entry Name: Melin Dol-rhyd

Listing Date: 3 June 1975

Last Amended: 1 April 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 8652

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Combined corn mill and miller's house with associated outbuildings including cart shed with hay loft above, adjoining stables and separate pig sties located on River Banwy approximately 2km downstream

County: Powys

Community: Llanfair Caereinion

Community: Llanfair Caereinion

Locality: Neuadd Lwyd

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History: C18 with C19 alterations. Built as a corn mill with integral millers house, the house refronted c1810. In the early C19 a masonry structure was added against the timber-framed E end to enclose the wheel. The NE wing, possibly built to house a drying kiln is also probably a later addition. Milling is said to have continued until the 1950s.

Exterior: Light timber framing with painted brick nogging and slate roof with 2 diagonally set axial stacks. NE wing and wheel house are rough random rubble. W facing facade of house is rendered. Two storeyed L shaped, with miller's house forming a 3 window range to the W, oriented NS. The mill, which is almost as broad as the house, forms an EW range, with extensions against its E gable wall (the wheel house) and to the NE (the kiln). Timber framing comprises main vertical posts with light horizontal struts forming panels. Light tie beam and diagonal strut truss exposed in N gable end. Miller's house faces W: central doorway with plain pilasters and panelled reveals in porch, flanked by wide 16-pane sash windows with similar windows above. Inserted casement windows in N gable end. N elevation of mill has inserted entrance towards the left, with earlier doorway alongside it. Loading door to upper right, and 2 hatches to upper left. Inserted small paned casement windows on each floor to centre. NE wing has central plank door with segmentally arched brick head. Two inserted (or renewed?) upper windows below the eaves, with brick blocking suggesting an earlier opening to left. Eastern range encloses a large diameter undershot water wheel with wooden paddles, which is clearly visible from the S side. A low arched opening over the tail race is present on the N side, the water thence running underneath the light railway and into the River Banwy.

Interior: Not accessible at time of inspection. The mill is said to retain its machinery intact, including 3 pairs of stones, a sack hoist, bins and a kiln.

Listed as a well preserved mill and miller's house, said to have machinery intact.

References: D.H. Jones, Watermills of Montgomeryshire, Mss. N.L.W., 1968;
Welsh Mills Group Newsletter, 1989.

C19 corn mill. Walls of rough stone; slate roof. Mill machinery complete except for one set of stones and includes three graded sets of grinding stones, hoists, bins, a flour grader and chutes; the present water wheel, replacing an earlier wooden one, was cast by the Welshpool Foundry. The mill was in working order until after Second World War.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Heniarth Mill
    At north side of the Afon Banwy, reached by a short lane south from the A458 about 250 m east of Heniarth Bridge; close to a former halt on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway. Leat runs to rear
  • II Neuadd Lwyd
    Located on lane approximately 1.5km north of Llanfair Caereinion, part of a group of farm buildings.
  • II Gelli Gason
    Farmhouse within farm with cart shed and granary and barn, 1km E of Llanfair Caereinion Church.
  • II Milestone
    Located in the road verge, approximately 100m west of the driveway to Rhôs fawr farm.
  • II The Vicarage
    In a raised position overlooking the town. On a landscaped terrace supported by masonry retaining walls. Circular boundary.
  • II Meas-y-Neuadd
    Located on a high bank in a prominent position overlooking the town.
  • II Old Bank House (House to the North )
    Located at the S end of Bridge Street on the E side in a prominent position close to the Market Hall.
  • II Victoria House (now N.F.U. Mutual Office)
    Llanfair Caereinion

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