LLWYN YNN, Llanfair-Dyffryn, Denbighshire 2010

LLWYN YNN, Llanfair-Dyffryn, Denbighshire 2010 - DENBIGHSHIRE
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I reached Llwyn Ynn at sun up after a two mile walk that zigzagged along footpaths and bridle paths and then through a long narrow wooded area. The sweet aroma of wild garlic permeated through the morning air. It was already warm when I reached the 18th century stone gate posts that stand, without their iron gates, before an empty patch of elevated ground where once the grand mansion of Llwyn Ynn stood.

The great house, built in the 17th century was demolished like so many in the 1950’s after no buyer could be found. The steps leading up to where the entrance of the house once would have stood remain, indeed a galleried platform remains, and it is easy with the aid of old photographs to place the house in this walled area.

Of the great house only one wall remains and thereon evidence of a very large fireplace (and a smaller one on the floor above). This wall is attached to the ruined service quarters. It is these service quarters that are the reason for my visit today and they do not disappoint. Beneath the two fireplaces there is a basement entrance that leads into the cottages that once gapped the space between the house and the service quarters. Inside all was quiet, all was dark and once my eyes and ears adjusted I could hear and see three sheep chewing, laying in a large ruinous room. They ceased their chewing as I came into view but did not rise from their sitting positions. There was a short stand-off. I was blocking their only exit. They watched me intently and seemed intent on not moving until I did. I took a few photographs. I then moved to allow their safe passage and that they did but in a typical rather hurried sheep fashion!

Internally the service quarters are a mess. The staircase has collapsed and although the floors above are intact they looked paper thin and any attempt to explore, however tempting, would inevitably end up with a foot through a floor board. Holes are also prevalent in the side walls exposing beam and brick and the dim interior. At the rear a mass of extensions which appear in relative sound structural condition and access to the upper floors is possible. Again, all exposed to the weather and the livestock.

The stone mullion windows are mainly in an excellent condition but naturally the wooden framed windows are rotting.

The house stands on a small bluff and sits before a gentle stream called the Afon Hesbin (which flows further upstream into the river Clwyd).

Including the stone buildings at the rear of the timber framed service quarters it quickly becomes apparent that Llwyn Ynn could easily accommodate a large family. The house needs extensive restoration and re-build and personally I do not hold onto much belief that the house will survive much longer if no consolidation work is carried out. I am uncertain, because I felt it unnecessary to venture, but I believe access to the cellars of the original great house may be possible. I however had no great desire to find out.
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LLWYN YNN, Llanfair-Dyffryn, Denbighshire 2010


Photo comment By Jenny Burchinshaw: It was sad to see such lovely building so badly neglected (3 of which have connections to my family). At least part of Lleweni has been restored.
Photo comment By Derek Bird: Hello, I have been looking for information on Llwyn Ynn for many years. During the 1970's I was given a hand written "Inventory of the contents of LLWYN-YNN, Ruthin", "For the Owner, W. Ellison Rowlands, Esq". The inventory had been compiled by the Grandmother of a friend, who had worked at the hall. Included were some photographs of the interior and the exterior, some assoiated with the sale f the hall at some stage. Incidentally my friends Grandmother had died at this time and her house in Kirkdale in Liverpool was still illuminated by gas lighting. Regards, Derek.
Photo comment By Cynthia Bates: I was at school at the Hall in 1940 - 1945. Then we all moved up the Valley to Rhuddlan. Hoping to visit the Hall around June 25th 2012. I will take a handkerchief! I remember Mr Rowlands.
Photo comment By Cynthia Bates: I was at school at the Hall in 1940 - 1945. Then we all moved up the Valley to Rhuddlan. Hoping to visit the Hall around June 25th 2012. I will take a handkerchief! I remember Mr Rowlands.
Photo comment By Ted Rowlands: W Ellison Rowlands was my great uncle. I recall the building as it was, and also attending the auction of the contents after my great uncle passed away in the late 1950'S - I would have been 12 or 13 years old at the time.
Photo comment By jane pettit: So sad o see the neglest of this wonderful old site and the servants quarters. Sadly our neighbours who we are in dispute with over our right of way have no soul when it comes to history and preservation and conservation. We have always been saddened by watching it deterioate such a brilliant site for a house too, with setting and the woods. We used to visit it often but now do not feel welcome on the Edwards land. not there are no footpath signs erected on their land. They even have srambling bikes in the ancient woodland which do much damage to the envitonment. Disgusted with them.
Photo comment By Geraint Evans: Although the original Jacobean house was lost - I think in the 1950s, the late seventeenth century wing survives. The owners, apparently prosperous farmers, applied to demolish it to build a new house (no doubt some hideous bungalow) but consent was refused as the building was deemed worthy of listing in its own right. Although they have no respect or interest in this wonderful seventeenth century building, they clearly don't want anyone else to have it. It's part of the built heritage of Wales and they should be ashamed. I farm myself but it's people that them that give farmers a bad name.

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