Minffordd Weigh House

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Minffordd Weigh House
Location Minffordd Yard To the left of the road entrance to Minffordd Yard after crossing the railway at the level crossing.
Register No 50
T. Corner ID MY002
Operational Yes
Heritage Status To be confirmed. Cadw listing text as follows:-

Any Cadw listing text to be inserted here.

Historical significance Highly significant because it is a building which survives from the period of the railway's greatest prosperity.

It was built about 1872/73 to house the machinery for the weighing of loaded slate wagons going down into Minffordd Yard for transhipment to standard gauge wagons. There were two weighing machines and two tables, supplied by H. Pooley & Sons of Birmingham and wagons were weighed on the move.

The weighing machinery was removed by a working party of the London Area Group of the Festiniog Railway Society in 1972, a century after it was installed. The machinery was retained and remains in store in Minffordd Yard.

Materials and workmanship: Stone (slate); roof timbers (description to be added); joinery (windows and doors) have been renewed. Slate tiles have been re-used (to be confirmed) during its refubishment (see below) . A new concrete floor was laid. The front and both side elevation walls were re-pointed with cement mortar but some lime mortaring on the rear elvation was retained (all to be confirmed). Window and and door joinery items were renewed (to be confirmed).

The 'Annex' photgraphed below, was a (description and use to be confirmed).

Cadw Blg ID to be inserted if it has one.
Description Solid stone walls under a pitched roof. All external walls are un-rendered stonework externally. Internal descriptions to be added when surveyed.
Present use July 2015: used as Commercial Department store
Previous use Weighbridge building circa 1872 – Aug 1946 on (temporary) closure of the railway.

Under the restored FR the building was used as an office by the Permanent Way Department.

Condition Generally Good apart from 'annex' See below
Recent works This building was comprehensively refurbished by labour supplied by the London Area Group during (insert years here).
  1. Roof: To be inserted
  2. Door and Window Lintels: To be inserted
  3. Walls: To be inserted
  4. Reinstatements: To be inserted
  5. Gutters: eaves guttering repaired (to be confirmed)
Urgent and Immediate Repairs required Plant growth in the 'Annex' section of the building needs to be removed and walls stabilised by re-pointing where required.
Less urgent repairs No internal repairs required (to be confirmed)
Improvements needed None are are suggested:-
Potential alternative uses None.

See also[edit]

  • 49-85 Minffordd Yard: besides being a list of other buildings at Minffordd Yard, it might also contain more information about this one.