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Browsers Bookshop and house

A Grade II Listed Building in Porthmadog, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9268 / 52°55'36"N

Longitude: -4.1311 / 4°7'51"W

OS Eastings: 256841

OS Northings: 338726

OS Grid: SH568387

Mapcode National: GBR 5P.MQZ0

Mapcode Global: WH55L.JP1L

Entry Name: Browsers Bookshop and house

Listing Date: 26 September 2005

Last Amended: 26 September 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 85369

Location: In a terrace of shops immediately NW of Capel Salem.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Porthmadog

Community: Porthmadog

Community: Porthmadog

Built-Up Area: Porthmadog

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

Built in the mid C19 as a shop and house and shown on the 1871 Tremadog estate plan and 1888 Ordnance Survey.

Exterior

A 3-storey 2-window shop and house of squared stone blocks laid in regular courses and painted white, slate roof, pebble-dashed stack to the R and original shared stone stack to the L. In the lower storey the house entrance is on the R side, raised above street level and reached up stone steps. It has a fielded-panel door and overlight. The shop has shallow bay windows of 2 panes each flanking a central recessed half-lit fielded-panel door incorporating similar panels to its L and an overlight. Over the shop front is a cornice with moulded billet frieze, above which is an awning. In the middle and upper storeys the windows are offset to the R and are 12-pane horned sashes in the middle storey, shorter 9-pane sashes in the upper storey.

The R gable end, facing Capel Salem, is slate-hung above a cement-rendered lower storey. The rear has a 1-storey flat-roof projection, above which are small-pane sash windows, including a stair window to the L.

Interior

Not inspected.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special architectural interest as a well-preserved town house and shop of definite C19 character, notable for its distinctive use of local materials and retentiion of an early shop front. Forms a strong visual group with the adjacent Capel Salem.

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