MEILLIONYDD. The existing dwelling is T-shaped in
plan. The N. block, forming the cross-bar, is modern, but the
stem, projecting to the S., is a house of ca. 1600, though much
altered. It is of three storeys, the lowest floor, now a cellar,
being at the lower ground level on the ·W. side. The walls are
boulder-built, and the roof of modern slates. On the E. front
all openings are modern as is the dormer window; the gable,
surmounted by a modem bell-cote, is probably an addition.
The W. 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 the three dormer
windows are modern additions. On the S. gable is a tall square
chinmey stack with drip ledges and brick capping. The roof
trusses and slates are modern. The original N. gable is oversailed
by the 19th-century house, but in the basement can be
seen the base of a projecting chimney stack and a continuation
of the boulder plinth.
There are fireplaces in the S. gable at both the cellar and
main floor levels. The former is half blocked and its bressummer
has a low shaped head. The beams and some roughly
chamfered joists 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 ‘X W 1616′,t
and the house may be of that date, though its appearance
suggests the previous century.
I For Arthur Williams, precentor of Bangor Cathe~ral, ob• .1621.
His great-grandson, John Williams, wa~ Cromwclhan s~enff oof
Caernarvonshire (1658-9). The house remamed the seat of this family
until 1703. Griffith, Ped., pp. 186, 269, 380. Nannau MS. 1678.
• 18TH CENTURY
21 vi 57 44 N.W.
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