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Farm Building at Llwyn Offa Farm

A Grade II Listed Building in Northop, Flintshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1858 / 53°11'8"N

Longitude: -3.1133 / 3°6'47"W

OS Eastings: 325702

OS Northings: 365989

OS Grid: SJ257659

Mapcode National: GBR 71.36UP

Mapcode Global: WH776.46Q1

Entry Name: Farm Building at Llwyn Offa Farm

Listing Date: 13 January 1987

Last Amended: 15 August 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 554

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: At the end of a short track, on the R and adjacent to Llwyn Offa Cottage.

County: Flintshire

Town: Mold

Community: Northop (Llaneurgain)

Community: Northop

Locality: Llwyn Offa

Traditional County: Flintshire

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History

C17-18 multi-purpose farm building, containing a barn with threshing floor and storage area to upper (N) end. Byre and stable with hay loft to lower (S) end. The barn retains early features with a domestic appearance, including a stone mullioned window, stop-chamfered cross beam and timber doorway with shaped head, which may have been incorporated when the farmhouse was replaced in the mid-C19. It is possible that the original farmhouse was at the S end of the barn.

Exterior

Long farm range orientated N-S on a slope. Constructed of rubble sandstone with squared quoins under an undulating slate roof, the planked doors with timber lintels. High coped gable to uphill (N) end, under which is a large 3-light timber window with timber lintel. Below are 2 ventilation slits infilled with pipes. The E side, from R, has a single doorway flanked by ventilation slits, 2 to L and 1 to R (all infilled with pipes). To the L is a raised door which formerly led to the threshing floor, and is reached by stone steps. Stable doors beyond with square loft hatch above. Further L is a 3-light stone mullioned window (from the former farmhouse?), beyond which is a planked door. Added unit to S end with C20 external stair to upper level doorway, and stable doorway to far L. Coped S gable with kneelers. The W side, from L has a C20 brick lean-to with 2 planked doors, flanked by ventilation slits. Further R is a long blockwork lean-to with stable doors. At the R end is a loft hatch opening over a flat-roofed addition.

Interior

The roof has pegged tie-beam trusses with raked struts and trenched purlins; the floors are mainly brick-paved, the cross-walls timber-framed with brick infill on stone plinths. The N unit was probably for storing or drying corn; it has 4 ventilation slits to the W side, and 2 to the N and E, all with wide splayed reveals and timber lintels. A small unit to the L has a central passage and threshing floor (the rear door blocked), with mid-C20 alterations; the floor is concrete, the walls plastered, and the roof ceiled. To the L is a narrow stable, beyond which is a byre with former stalls at right angles. This has a large central chamfered cross-beam with ornate stops, probably inserted. The S wall is of stone and appears to have been the original end wall of the building, with a further unit added to the S end. The wall contains a square recess with a stone sill, with another to the W wall. Added loose box to W side. At hay loft level, the original end wall contains a pegged timber door surround with segmental arched head, almost certainly reused. Below and visible from the S side is projecting stonework which has the appearance of a former chimney breast. The S unit was a stable.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good vernacular multi-purpose farm building of the C17-18, well-preserved and incorporating features from a former house.
Group value with Llwyn Offa Farm.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Llwyn Offa Farmhouse
    At the end of a short track and on the L side.
  • II Farm Building at Greenbank Farm
    Located at the end of Greenbank Lane to the NW of the farmhouse. The farmyard is in front.
  • II Greenbank Farm Farmhouse
    Located at the end of Greenbank Lane which runs NE off Alltami Road.
  • II Bryn Farmhouse
    Situated close to the main road on the north side of Mynydd Isa in the area of Bryn y Baal; adjacent farmyard buildings.
  • II Bryn-Yr-Haul
    Set back from the road in its own grounds approximately a hundred yards from the junction with the A5119.
  • II* Stable Block at Soughton Hall
    In a tree-lined enclosure to the SW of the house and facing N. The coach house range is attached at the NW corner.
  • II Broadway
    Set back from the road on rising ground approximately a hundred yards from the junction with the A494.
  • II* Coach-house Range at Soughton Hall
    In a tree-lined enclosure to the SW of the house and attached to the stable block at the SE corner. Tall rubble retaining wall to N, beyond which are formal gardens.

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