Historic Landscape Characterisation

Caernarfon/Nantlle – Area 30 Hen Felin (Glan Gwna) PRN 15729


The Afon Rhythallt is visible towards the top of this view (which is to the south east) which shows part of one of the former mill complexes, now a garden centre.



Historical background

A river valley which has lent itself to the use of water power. The mill at Felin Wen is recorded in 1475, and the area also includes the site of a nineteenth-century mill (though identified as a bacon factory on the 25inch Ordnance Survey map of 1914, and now the Seiont Nurseries and garden centre) and a woollen factory. The land here was owned by the Vaynol estate by the eighteenth century.

Key historic landscape characteristics

River valley with mills

The immediate area is made up of the floor of the valley of the Afon Rhythallt and its slopes. The substantial mill building at Seiont nurseries is a box-like structure with hipped roofs, typical of late nineteenth-century local milling practice and very similar to the mill at Bontnewydd. It is likely to have been rebuilt from the remains of an earlier building, probably a corn mill. The area also includes the site of the mill known as Felin Wen, now a nineteenth-century building by the side of the road from Caernarfon to Llanberis but attested in 1475, and a woollen factory, probably the one attested in 1812. The area also includes the mill race for Melin Bodrhual.



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