Historic Landscape Characterisation

Caernarfon /Nantlle – Area 3 Dinas-Llanwnda PRN 15702


Dinas is shown on the right side of this aerial view which looks west, while the small settlement of Llanwnda lies to the left of the shot along the upper of the two roads . One of the small hill fort 'ring' enclosures, mentioned in the text (area 36) is below the farm in the foreground.




Historical background

An early nineteenth-century road junction and a late nineteenth-century rail junction around a (probable but unlocated) medieval core. The settlement appears to have developed after the rerouting of the road in 1805, and subsequent development of the turnpike and its associated infrastructure in the 1820s. The opening of the Carnarvonshire Railway in 1866 and of the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway in 1878 (reconstituted as the Welsh Highland Railway in 1922) led to further building to house railway staff, and there has been some twentieth century suburban development.

Key historic landscape characteristics

Settlement, transport junction

The substantial taverns, the Mount (SH47715845), still open, and Tafarn Hen (SH47815863), now a private house, form surviving elements of the turnpike system. Other dwellings were constructed to house railway workers. The re-opening of the Welsh Highland Railway as a visitor attraction and as a local passenger facility has been carried out by an organisation which scrupulously respects the historic railway infrastructure. Gentry influence, in the form of the Newborough family, is evident in the spire attached to Glanrhyd chapel (CM – SH47585834) at their insistence. There are some twentieth-century buildings, mainly of the suburban villa type.


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