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NPRN 96649

Map Reference SH67SE

Grid Reference SH6852474798

Unitary (Local) Authority Conwy

Old County Caernarfonshire

Community Llanfairfechan

Type of Site COTTAGE

Broad Class DOMESTIC

Period 20th Century, Modern

Site Description Ty’n Coed (originally Woodcot) was designed by the outstanding Arts and Crafts architect Herbert Luck North (1871-1941), who lived and worked in Llanfairfechan from c.1901. It was built on land owned by the North family, later to become The Close.

The exterior has many features typical of North’s style: steep slate roofs, roughcast walls, pointed doorway heads, cottage-casement windows etc. The pair of gables is typical too, but unusually they are not of equal size.

The two main living rooms face the front, with a hall between; the kitchen and bathroom are at the rear, the bathroom up half a level and over the cellar. The interior layout develops the flexible open-plan idea which North explored in 1900 at his own house, Wern Isaf (perhaps influenced by Baillie Scott): two pairs of hinged doors are placed each side of the hall so that the hall extends from front to back as a sort of entrance lobby incorporating the staircase, or the doors can be shut against the entrance and the staircase, allowing the living rooms to extend the full frontage of the house as one long space.

Many of the original details survive: the hinged doors (with delicate brass fittings); fireplace surrounds, some of brown glazed brick, others tiled; the simply balustered staircase. Each window opening is carefully chamfered back each side to allow maximum daylight.

Adam Voelcker, 23 October 2009

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