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Cabab Cader Idris

A Grade II Listed Building in Arthog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7342 / 52°44'3"N

Longitude: -3.9543 / 3°57'15"W

OS Eastings: 268144

OS Northings: 316966

OS Grid: SH681169

Mapcode National: GBR 8Y.0T6N

Mapcode Global: WH56N.7J8R

Entry Name: Cabab Cader Idris

Listing Date: 1 February 1995

Last Amended: 1 February 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15609

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located to the E of a lane running N-S to Kings (Youth Hostel), leading S off the main road (A 493) at Pont Abergwynant; built against the slope of a hill behind a rubble-walled garden.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Arthog

Community: Arthog

Locality: Kings

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Former school and school house built 1876 in simple Gothic style.


Quarry-dressed rubble with medium-pitched slate roofs, deep eavesand verges and plain bargeboards to gables.

The School (Caban Cader Idris, to the L) is T-shaped, gabled to Nand W. Gabled bellcote to W (front facing) arm of T with mouldedkneelers, capping and pointed bell-arch in dressed limestone; conical tin louvres to the three roof sections and decorative iron finials to gable apexes. Entrances to R and to N return of projecting wing to W; Tudor-arched to tall, recessed boarded doors with plain fans; stepped access and stopped-chamfered doorcases. Tudor-arched windows with slate cills, two 2-pane to front and two 4-pane to rear with simple, wide Y-tracery heads in timber. Large pointed-arched windows to gable ends with 3 lancets and oculi in wooden plate tracery. To rear, a further entrance as before with large steel-framed window to R, a later insertion.

The School Master's House (Ty'r Ysgol) adjoins to the R and is stepped-up. 2 storeys, L-shaped with construction and detailing as before. Entrances to rear and S side, the latter via a C20 single-storey porch. 4-panelled door with stopped-chamfered detailing. Main front with narrow 2-pane sashes to L bay with cambered heads and slate cills. Half-hipped roof and weather coursing at intersection with school block. Advanced gabled section to R with slightly projecting lateral chimney to N face;plain banding and cornice. 4-pane sashes as before, though larger to gable face. In the apex a slate plaque inscribed with date 1876. Further stack to rear section with hipped roof to S.


Plain interior with contemporary 4-panel doors and simple dog-legstair with plain newel post, rail and balusters.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an unaltered C19 school and schoolmaster's house which has local historic interest and once served a thriving farming community.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Ty'r Ysgol
    Located to the E of a lane running N-S to Kings (Youth Hostel), leading S off the main road (A 493)
  • II Milepost
    Situated at the side of the road against a rubble wall 60m NE of the Pont Abergwynant.
  • II Barn at Cae Einion
    Located 100m to the NE of Cae Einion farmhouse, behind a further C19 barn; set into the gentle slope
  • II Cae Einion Farmhouse
    Located on a hillside 0.25km from Pont Kings; accessed via a long farm track leading NW off a metall
  • II Barn at Hafod Dywyll
    Located 50 m NW of Hafod Dywyll farmhouse against the slope of the hill.
  • II Galestra Farmhouse including attached Byre
    Located on a hillside 0.25km from Pont Kings; accessed via a longfarm track leading NW off a metalle
  • II* Hafod Dywyll Farmhouse
    Located on a hillside 0.25km from Pont Kings; accessed via a long farm track leading E off a metalle
  • II Penamen House
    Prominently situated on a rocky knoll overlooking the Mawddach estuary and reached via a drive from

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