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Entrance gate piers to the Britannia Park

A Grade II Listed Building in Pentir, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2175 / 53°13'3"N

Longitude: -4.1651 / 4°9'54"W

OS Eastings: 255535

OS Northings: 371129

OS Grid: SH555711

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.18QJ

Mapcode Global: WH546.ZDS7

Entry Name: Entrance gate piers to the Britannia Park

Listing Date: 22 September 1997

Last Amended: 22 September 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18914

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: The entrance to Britannia Park is sited approximately 70m W of the Gwynedd end of the Menai Suspension Bridge.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bangor

Community: Pentir

Community: Pentir

Locality: Treborth

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

Britannia Park was designed as a setting for the planned magnificent Britannia Hotel, aimed primarily to serve railway travellers on the Holyhead route to and from Ireland. The hotel never reached more than foundation level, but the park was laid out to the design of Joseph Paxton shortly after the completion of the Britannia Bridge in c1850-60. It now serves the University of Wales as Botanic Gardens.

Exterior

Piers of limestone freestone, and gates of iron. One pier each side of the driveway, a pedestrian gate on the S, and low ashlar coped walls curve forward each side to similar terminal piers, creating a semicircular approach. The piers are broached and chamfered on four sides, the chamfers increasing at each stage until the piers are octagonal at the top, and terminated with a weathered cap. A sunk quatrefoil cross is carved on the main faces.

Only the pedestrian gate survives in-situ. This is of square bar iron, with bands of quatrefoils at the top, middle and bottom, and fleur-de-lys terminals.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an example of handsome park gates, of group value with the lodge (q.v.) and as an important element of special interest in Britannia Park.

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