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The Old Rectory

A Grade II Listed Building in Trefriw, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1496 / 53°8'58"N

Longitude: -3.8259 / 3°49'33"W

OS Eastings: 277989

OS Northings: 362945

OS Grid: SH779629

Mapcode National: GBR 63.5M3B

Mapcode Global: WH65X.63F7

Entry Name: The Old Rectory

Listing Date: 30 May 1996

Last Amended: 30 May 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16931

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located towards the SE edge of the town; occupying a commanding hillside position S of the Afon Crafnant, close to the old Trefriw woollen mills.

County: Conwy

Town: Trefriw

Community: Trefriw

Community: Trefriw

Built-Up Area: Trefriw

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

c.1842 Rectory built by Lord Willoughby de Eresby of Gwydir Castle in simple Tudor style and contemporary with his restoration of the parish church of St. Mary.

Exterior

Twin-gabled storeyed house of rough L plan, with lower service range adjoining to the S. Of squared, coursed slate-stone blocks under a renewed slate roof with plain modern bargeboards. There are 2 large chimneys, one straddling each of the piles. These are of 2 stages with curious dentilated ornament in three courses to the upper ones; plain cornice bands. Symmetrical 3-bay front to main block with raised ground floor on a chamfered plinth. Single-storey porch to centre, accessed via 4 slate steps. This has a depressed-arched opening with projecting, shaped keystone and imposts, and a flat roof with plain cornice and parapet; renewed, moulded architrave to original 4-panel door, the upper 2 with modern glazing. Above the porch is an original sash window with distinctive diagonal glazing bars, projecting slate cill, and a simple returned label. Larger, similar windows flank the porch on ground and first floors.

On the S side is a 2-light tracery window with trefoil heads (of the type found at Gwydir Castle), of rendered oak; 6-pane glazing to each light. Above this, a 12-pane casement with near-flush returned label. 2-storey rubble service wing to the S, apparently contemporary. This has early C20 twenty-pane French doors with an original 16-pane casement above; small C19 eight-pane casement to the R, modern windows to rear. Beyond the service wing on the same (S) wall of the main block, 2 further tracery windows as before, one to each floor. The rear (W) face has a storeyed lean-to type porch extruded between the N and the longer S piles. This has a chamfered Tudor-arched entrance with modern boarded door. Partially overlapping this to the R, a modern single-storey kitchen extension. Large sash windows with diagonal glazing as before to the gable end of the N (shorter) pile. To the L and above that to the ground floor, at a height of 2.5m, are builders' graffiti, inscribed: `WD WH EW 1842,' presumably referring to the completion date.

Interior

Simple interiors with plain cornices, late Regency-type reeded slate fireplaces and panelled window reveals to the main ground-floor rooms. Simple single-flight stair with stick balusters, plain string and (painted) mahogany rail.

Reasons for Listing

A large and imposing Tudor-style mid-C19 rectory in a commanding position.

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