Historic Landscape Characterisation

Caernarfon/ Nantlle – Area 17 Cefn Du Enclosures PRN 15716


The regular, small pattering of these distinctive fields and the dispersed settlement pattern, set out either side of the road, are what makes this area distinct.



Historical background

Formerly part of the Waun Fawr, where tenants of Treflan had the right to graze their animals. An area of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century squatter enclosure originating in the development of the slate quarries at Cefn Du and Cilgwyn.

Key historic landscape characteristics

Irregular enclosures with dwellings

An ad-hoc arrangement of largely vernacular dwellings set in small irregular enclosures, sometimes no more than a garden or vegetable plot, is evident at the south-western end, with larger dwellings and more regular patterns predominating towards Llanrug. There are some shops and chapels along the Waunfawr to Llanrug road, and the area also includes the approach road to Guglielmo Marconi's wireless station on the common.



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