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Banqueting House in Walled Garden at Talacre Abbey

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llanasa, Flintshire

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Latitude: 53.3389 / 53°20'20"N

Longitude: -3.3511 / 3°21'3"W

OS Eastings: 310136

OS Northings: 383300

OS Grid: SJ101833

Mapcode National: GBR 5Y1T.9S

Mapcode Global: WH769.HBGM

Plus Code: 9C5R8JQX+HH

Entry Name: Banqueting House in Walled Garden at Talacre Abbey

Listing Date: 2 April 1987

Last Amended: 30 April 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 560

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Within the E wall of the walled garden W of the house.

County: Flintshire

Community: Llanasa

Community: Llanasa

Locality: Talacre

Traditional County: Flintshire

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Talacre Abbey was built 1824-9 by Thomas Jones, architect, for Sir Edward Mostyn, on the site of an earlier house. The banqueting house is the only surviving building associated with the earlier house. It is C18 in date and is said to have been designed by Capability Brown. The attached walls of the kitchen garden are shown on the 1839 Tithe map.


Palladian style of 2 storeys and basement, with single-storey wings built behind original walls, which have a continuous balustrade, set back from the main elevation. The basement is rusticated stone, the upper storey of rubble stone (formerly stuccoed). The front faces E to the interior of the walled garden. In its basement is a blind arch of roughcast brick framing a coat of arms. A blind balustrade to the lower storey has open shaped balusters to the central window. The window has an eared architrave and a moulded cornice (partly missing), is boarded over but retains some small-pane glazing bars. The pedimented gable has a diamond tablet framing a roundel. In the R-hand wall is a blocked window in a stone architrave above the wing, the interior of which incorporates stone steps that were the original entrance.

The rear wall is roughcast, with coped gable on moulded kneelers and central brick stack. It has 2 basement windows, above which are single windows in both storeys but all window details are missing. The outer wing to the R has a single window, the wing to L a doorway.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II* as an exceptionally rare Palladian building associated with an C18 landscape garden, and as an integral component of the later outbuildings associated with Talacre Abbey.

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