Coed-y-Moch Lodge

The Lodges of Nannau

Coed y Moch Lodge

Coed y Moch Lodge (aka Garthbledden Lodge or Clock Lodge) was built by “Yr Hen Syr Robert” between 1794 and 1818 (as a lodge is shown on an 1818 estate map, but not on one dated 1794). The lodge was the main (southern) entrance to the original driveway which ran just under a mile to Nannau.

The original hands of the clock were set to six minutes to five, indicating that a traveller was always in time for a meal. The clock is no longer there, being replaced with a painted one set to the same time.

Coed y Moch is Welsh for "Wood of the Pigs", as it was probably where the estate pigs would be let out to forage in the natural oak woodland.

The lodge and wall are Grade II listed.



Coed y Moch Lodge can be briefly glimpsed in “The Last Days of Dolwyn” (aka “The Women of Dolwyn”), a 1949 British drama film directed by Russell Lloyd and Emlyn Williams and starring Edith Evans, Emlyn Williams and Anthony James. It is also the first movie appearance of Richard Burton.

Dame Edith Evans is the actress shown opening the gate.

  • The Last Days of Dolwyn 1
  • After posting this, I noticed a few inconsistencies with Coed-y-Moch lodge and the one in the film…

    (1) The roof goes right down to the bottom of the window in the film while Coed-y-Moch stops midway in the top panes. (2) The horizontal roof (and the building under it) is missing. (3) The pillars supporting the arches are round on the film but squarer on the actual lodge. (4) There looks to be a building in the distance, but there isn’t one by the actual lodge.

    I do not know of any other building in the area which is like Coed-y-Moch, so perhaps there was some painting on the film to change the appearance afterwards. The other option is that the building was built on a set and made to look like the lodge, as the village of Dolwyn was partly recreated as a set, it’s not out of the question that they built this too.

    If you do know anything about this, please let me know.

  • The Last Days of Dolwyn 2
  • The Last Days of Dolwyn 3
Alt image
Hywel Sele Lodge circa 1890
The Lodge in 1966. The three girls are standing in front of the gates that were given to Brigadier Charles Hilary Pritchard Vaughan by his old regiment.
The gates contain the Pegasus Badge emblem of the Airborne Forces and were made by his Parachute Brigade Engineers.
The gates were probably here from the 1950s to the early 1970s
Photo Courtesy of Sue Crowther, first published on the Dr. Williams School Website. - http://dwsoga.org.uk
  • Old Postcard of Coed y Moch

    Old Postcard of Coed y Moch, circa 1910.

    Coed y Moch circa 1910 - Closeup

    Old Postcard of Coed y Moch, circa 1910 (same shot as the previous coloured shot).

  • Coed y Moch circa 1910 - Closeup

    Close-up of the 1910 postcard, showing the old gate and driveway.

  • Coed y Moch from the garden in 2015

    Coed y Moch from the garden in 2015

  • Standing on the old driveway, looking back

    Standing on the old driveway, looking back (2015)

  • Looking up at the clock in 2015

    Looking up at the clock in 2015

  • Looking back through the archway in 2015

    Looking back through the archway in 2015

  • The rear of Coed y Moch in 2015

    The rear of Coed y Moch in 2015

  • The rear of Coed y Moch and the Garden in 2015

    The rear of Coed y Moch and the Garden in 2015

  • Coed y Moch Clock in 2015

    The original hands of the clock were set to six minutes to five, indicating that a traveller was always in time for a meal. The clock is no longer there, being replaced with a painted one set to the same time.

  • Coed y Moch in 2002

    Coed y Moch in 2002 (before the new clock face was added)

  • Coed y Moch in the Autumn

    Coed y Moch in the Autumn

  • Coed y Moch from the Left
  • Coed y Moch Driveway

    The overgrown driveway which used to lead to Nannau (taken in 2015)