Historic Landscape Characterisation

Caernarfon/Nantlle – Area 13 Nantlle village PRN 15712


This ground view, looking north, shows the position of Nantlle village literally overshadowed by the quarries behind.



Historical background

Set on the site of a medieval llys site, of which some elements may remain visible in the modern landscape around the sub-medieval house Ty Mawr, this settlement is principally a distinctive mid- to late nineteenth-century quarry village. It was built as a ribbon development along the turnpike between the 1850s and 1890s, in part by the socially-concerned Unitarian management of Pen yr Orsedd Quarry.

Key historic landscape characteristics

Industrialists' village (terraced housing), literally in shadow of tips

The earlier dwellings are those to the west, believed to date from the 1850s, and are standard terraced houses, built out of field stones and quarry rags, generally stuccoed. The main part of the village is of later construction, from the 1860s to the 1880s, and though made largely of terraced housing, shows some attempt at ornamentation, with in some cases a pattern of decorated barge-boards facing the street.

The house Ty Mawr (SH50865334) and the mill (SH50775341) may represent the site of the medieval nucleation, the site of a Welsh royal llys. In the grounds of Ty Mawr is an 1860s quarry barracks complex (SH 5083 5339), the only surviving example within a village, currently being adapted by the Welsh Development Agency for use as offices and a community centre.




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