Historic Landscape Characterisation

Caernarfon/Nantlle – Area 12 Llanllyfni PRN 15711


An aerial view, looking south east, which shows the ribbon nature of the main settlement to the right of the photograph, with a twentieth century estate added behind the western side. The medieval core of the settlement is probably towards the left (north) end of the street, close to the river. Penygroes (area 6) is to the left, and the A487 Llanllyfni-Pen y Groes bypass is under construction in the foreground. Most of the rest of the foreground is area 34, while the western end of the Afon Llyfni valley (area 27) is visible centre bottom.



Historical background

Largely a late eighteenth-century to late nineteenth-century ribbon development extending from a medieval core.


Key historic landscape characteristics

Settlement (medieval core with nineteenth-century ribbon development)

A ribbon development built along a steeply climbing road, including not only of dwellings but also chapels, shops, a pub and a disused smithy. The medieval core of the village is believed to have been centred around the church and the village well at the foot of the slope at SH47075209. Although most of the dwellings are stone-built two-up-and-two-down quarrymen's houses, there are some more substantial dwellings, some of eighteenth-century origin, and some with an attempt at ornamentation. Two post-war council estates have been built (at SH46905181C and SH47205223C).


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