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A Grade II Listed Building in Llanllechid, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1414 / 53°8'28"N

Longitude: -4.0317 / 4°1'54"W

OS Eastings: 264195

OS Northings: 362397

OS Grid: SH641623

Mapcode National: GBR 5T.653W

Mapcode Global: WH54P.19DL

Entry Name: Braich-ty-du

Listing Date: 9 March 2000

Last Amended: 9 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22927

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated on rough track in isolated position with its fambuidings below the A 5 to the east of the Afon Ogwen; the back wall of the building is cut into a high bank offering protection from the elemen

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bangor

Community: Llanllechid

Community: Llanllechid

Locality: Nant Ffrancon

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Built as a pair of farmhouses forming a single farm unit associated with the agricultural colonisation of the Nant Ffrancon valley by the Penrhyn Estate in the mid-C19. Although the 2 dwellings served the same farmholding, the rougher masonry of the northern part suggests that it may be slightly earlier than the southern one and may in fact be a remodelling of an older structure. The 2 dwellings are now occupied as one.


Pair of 2-storey, 2-room farmhouses forming a long rectangular block aligned north-south. The northern part has roughly coursed rubblestone blocks to ground floor and smaller roughly coursed masonry on first floor; regularly coursed and dressed rubblestone blocks to southern unit; continuous slate roof with brick coping to gable ends. Each dwelling has 2 late C20 16-paned sashes with slate cills on each floor flanking slightly offset boarded doors with narrow rectangular overlights; integral red brick end stacks and ridge stack shared between the 2 units. Small single-storey outbuilding attached to left gable end has 6-paned sash window to left of boarded door.


C19 straight-flight staircases with full-height heck screen to left of entrance to each unit.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an essentially unaltered mid-C19 pair of farmhouses forming a single farm unit, associated with the Penrhyn Estate's expansion of agriculture onto the marginal land of the Nant Ffrancon valley at this period; the dwellings are an important physical survival of this process.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Stable at Braich-ty-du
    Situated approximately 4m south-west of the farm cottages at Braich-ty-du.
  • II Milestone
    Situated on the eastern side of the A 5 approximately 320m south-east of Braich-ty-du; set directly
  • II Field Cowhouse
    Situated in isolated position below the A 5 to the east of the Afon Ogwen just off track running sou
  • II Cowhouse at Maes-Caradoc
    Attached by short link section to south end of Maes-Caradoc from which it projects at right-angles t
  • II Maes-Caradoc
    Remote roadside position on minor valley road running parallel with the A5 along the Ogwen valley; l
  • II Pigsties at Maes-Caradoc
    Located between the farmhouse and 'old coach house' at Maes-Caradoc.
  • II 'Old Coach House' at Maes-Caradoc
    Located on roadside to north of farmhouse and associated farmbuildings at Maes-Caradoc.
  • II Pair of Cowhouses at Pentre Farm
    Located directly to east of farmhouse at Pentre Farm on opposite side of road, below which they are

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