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A Grade II Listed Building in Llanllyfni, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0582 / 53°3'29"N

Longitude: -4.1772 / 4°10'38"W

OS Eastings: 254183

OS Northings: 353437

OS Grid: SH541534

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.CCRY

Mapcode Global: WH54Z.TD0B

Entry Name: Bwthyn

Listing Date: 21 July 2000

Last Amended: 21 July 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23678

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located on the south side of the B 4418 at the foot of a rock face directly opposite the Chapel.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Llanllyfni

Community: Llanllyfni

Locality: Nantlle

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Shown on the 1840 Tithe Map, the cottages were built before 1836 to house workers at the nearby copper mine (now disused and ruinous), which was already working in the 1790s. It appears from the plan-form of the building and the existence of garden enclosures that the cottages were constructed as family rather than barrack accommodation. Another row of cottages, now a roofless ruin, stands a little closer to the rock face to the south-west.


Row of 3 copper miners' cottages. Roughly coursed rubblestone, painted to left part; large graded slate roof. Single storey. Long rectangular plan consisting of 3 cottages, the right now abandoned. Mid-C19 plate glass sashes in original openings, once 6 (now 5) in total, to either side of regularly spaced plank doors; integral end stacks and 2 ridge stacks, all with slate drips, the ridge stacks shared between cottages. The right cottage has widened entrance to front in place of the original doorway and right window. The left and centre cottages retain their original drystone-walled garden enclosures to the front.


Interior not inspected at time of Survey.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good example of purpose-built early C19 copper mine workers' cottages, which form a good group with the roughly contemporary chapel and house (Glanrafon) opposite.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Capel Drws-y-coed and Ty Capel
    Set in an isolated position at the foot of Craig y Bera on the north side of the B 4418, fronted by
  • II Milestone
    Located on the north side of the B 4418 between Drws-y-coed and Nantlle; set in front of a rubblesto

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