Meillionydd Fawr

The existing building is T shaped in plan. The north block forming the cross-bar is modern, but the stem, projecting to the south is a house of circa 1600, though much altered. It is of three storeys, the lowest floor, now a cellar, being at the lower ground level on the west side. The walls are boulder built, and the roof of modern slates. On the east front all openings are modern as is the dormer window; the gable, surmounted by a modern bell-cote, is probably an addition. The west front has a boulder plinth 2 ft high; the first floor windows (at main floor level) have been partly blocked though there is one enlarged window, and three dormer windows are modern additions. On the south gable is a tall square chimney-stack with drip ledges and brick capping. The roof trusses and slates are modern. The original north gable is over-sailed by the 19th century house, but in the basement can be seen the base of a projecting chimneystack and a continuation of the boulder plinth.

There are fireplaces in the south gable at both the cellar and main floor levels. The former is half blocked and its bressumer has a low shaped head. The beams and some roughly chamfered joints are original. A cross wall has been inserted to carry the gable of the newer house. The wide fireplace on the main floor has also been largely blocked.

A fragmentary screen door-head is inscribed AW 1616 and the house may be of that date, though its appearance suggests the previous century.

AW was precentor of Bangor Cathedral; 1621. His great grandson, John Williams, was Cromwellian sheriff of Caernarvonshire (1658 9). The house remained the seat of his family until 1703.


Many thanks to Mrs G Thomas for the picture.


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