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Borth Wen

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfaethlu, Isle of Anglesey

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Latitude: 53.3566 / 53°21'23"N

Longitude: -4.5586 / 4°33'30"W

OS Eastings: 229817

OS Northings: 387467

OS Grid: SH298874

Mapcode National: GBR HM3T.YCP

Mapcode Global: WH423.YWDM

Entry Name: Borth Wen

Listing Date: 16 February 2001

Last Amended: 16 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24796

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At the S side of the Porth Swtan road, which runs through the former farmyard and directly S and W of the agricultural ranges located at the other side of the road to the farmhouse. 1km WSW of Carregl

County: Isle of Anglesey

Town: Holyhead

Community: Llanfaethlu

Community: Llanfaethlu

Locality: Carreglwyd

Traditional County: Anglesey

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The present house may have originated in the early C17 as a storeyed cross-passage house, with back-kitchen added late C17 or early C18; it was remodelled in the late C18 or early C19, and its external character is now substantially of this period.
The farm forms part of the Carreglwyd estate. A farm account book dating from the 1630s was formerly in the possession of the tenant, demonstrating the continuity of farming families on Anglesey. It was listed on the tithe schedule of the parish in 1840 as belonging to Richard Trygarn Griffiths Esq with the tenant Thomas Williams, ancestor of the current tenant.


A substantial farmhouse in the Georgian vernacular tradition. 2-storey, 3-window farmhouse with 2-storey back-kitchen, forming L-shaped plan; lean-to addition at W end of the domestic wing and lean-to porch to N. Built of local rubble masonry, main part of the house with rendered elevations to E and N; S and W walls slate hung. Roof of small old slates, heavily grouted; tiled ridge and coping and gable stacks with dripstones and tiled capping. The principal elevation faces E, a 3-window range with central doorway; all openings have shallow cambered heads, windows are 16-pane sashes, with slate sills. The door is boarded with a shallow rectangular 5-pane overlight. The rear (W) elevation has similar windows and a 2-pane sash stair window towards the centre, in the angle with the wing. 6-pane sash windows in gable elevation to road.
The rear service wing is a 2-window range with doorway to L (E) under a lean-to porch. N elevation un-rendered stone. Ground floor 8-pane sash window to R (W) with cambered stone voussoir head; small first floor windows 4 and 6-pane sashes, set directly under the eaves. To the rear (S) there is a ground floor 6-pane sash window to the L (W) and a small single paned fixed light set under the eaves to the R.
The lean-to addition at the W end of the domestic wing has a narrow doorway under a timber lintel in the N wall; partially blocked with brick.


The main range has a narrow central stair hall with through living room to L (formerly 2 rooms with smaller room to rear); parlour to R with pantry to its rear. The stairs are offset to the rear left; irregularities in the ground plan, and the survival of a stop-chamfered beam in the living room are indicative of earlier origins, perhaps as a hall and parlour plan with cross passage (the main entrance and the doorway to the rear wing still align).
All rooms retain moulded 6-panel doors; that to the pantry of simpler design. The stairs divide at the end of the main flight; one short flight leading L to a room at the back of the house, two steps leading to a room above the back-kitchen (C20 boarded door), and the main stair returning to the R. Three bedrooms leading off upper landing. The back-kitchen has a short screen to the R of the back door. Wide bressumer over inglenook fireplace. Central cross-beam. All timbers have been boxed in.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a fine late C18 or early C19 vernacular farmhouse retaining good fenestration and detail, and with evidence of earlier origins. The centrepiece of a well-preserved farmstead group.

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