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The Rock and Fountain Inn PH

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanvaches, Newport

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6149 / 51°36'53"N

Longitude: -2.8311 / 2°49'51"W

OS Eastings: 342552

OS Northings: 191007

OS Grid: ST425910

Mapcode National: GBR JD.9JL1

Mapcode Global: VH7B8.WN5V

Plus Code: 9C3VJ579+XH

Entry Name: The Rock and Fountain Inn PH

Listing Date: 1 March 1963

Last Amended: 19 December 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3082

Building Class: Commercial

Location: To NE of Penhow Castle. At a splayed angle to the main road immediately W of the junction with the by-road to Llanvaches on the boundaries of the Community and District Council areas.

County: Newport

Community: Llanvaches (Llanfaches)

Community: Llanvaches

Locality: A48

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

C16 origins remodelled in the C17 when the right hand part was added. C19 alterations to rear and recent modernisation (1987). Historically it was an important coaching Inn.

Exterior

Two storeys plus attic, rendered elevations with two storey gabled range to rear W end, and modern single storey extension set diagonally to rear E end. Slated roof, overhanging eaves, three chimneys: two gable, one axial; W and axial chimneys are rendered brick, E gable stack is large and projects from the gable with rubble base and two diagonally set shafts. Two gabled dormers to front with pairs of six pane casements and one rooflight to front, and one to rear. Front elevation has off-centre doorway reached by a small flight of steps; flanking horned twelve-pane sashes, to the right hand side is a small cellar door. At the far E end is a splayed bay-window with 20-pane sash to front and 8-pane, horned sash, to each side. First floor has five windows; three cross frame, with lower opening leaded lights. To E end, above the cellar door is an original, small three-light, ovolo moulded timber mullioned window, ca 1640 (?), with diamond leaded lights; possibly re-set from elsewhere. To the right is a larger leaded casement. Two small casements to E gable end. Rear elevation has projecting C19 gabled range with six paned casements and loft doorways to first and second floors. Deep lean-to at the E end with one small window facing the road.

Interior

The ground floor is at different levels reflecting the chronological development of the building, the central part to the right of the front entrance is the highest. Stone flagged floors. Large modern, rubble, inglenook style fireplace to left hand chimney of main bar with applied timber bressumer. Small modern, rubble fireplace with applied bressumer to right of centre. Far right hand room has late C19/early C20 stone chimneypiece to right hand end with florally enriched spandrels. Chamfered beams, joists appear to be introductions carried on modern cast corbels. Modern straight flight timber stair rises between the E and W rooms with roll moulded handrail and newel, straight balusters and modern finials. The entrance on the E side is via a modern pointed arch doorway.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a prominently sited inn with C16/C17 origins.
Group value with the adjacent former stables.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Former Stables to The Rock and Fountain Inn PH
    Located to the NE of Penhow Castle immediately to the E of The Rock and Fountain Inn. At a splayed angle to the main road at the junction with the by road to Llanvaches on the boundaries of the Commu
  • II* Penhow Castle
    Set high on a hilltop above the Newport to Chepstow road. In its own grounds beyond the Parish Church and reached by drive with relocated stone gatepiers and distinctive ball finials.
  • II Parish Church of St John the Baptist
    Located immediately to the SE of Penhow Castle, reached via a long track leading S from the A48, enclosed by a low rubble wall.
  • II Barn to SW of Penhow Castle
    Part of a "U" shaped farmyard group together with the "L"shaped range, located to the N side of the driveway leading to Penhow Castle from A48, Newport/Chepstow Road.
  • II L-shaped Byre Range to SW of Penhow Castle
    Part of a "U" shaped farmyard group together with the Barn, located to the N side of the driveway leading to Penhow Castle from A48, Newport/Chepstow Road.
  • II Old Turnpike Cottage
    Prominently located at road junction of Pike Road and the lane leading NE from the A48 to the village of Llanvaches.
  • II L-shaped Byre Range to far SW of Penhow Castle
    The middle range of a group of farm buildings located at the W corner of the driveway leading to Penhow Castle, enclosing a cobbled yard.
  • II Stable Block to far SW of Penhow Castle
    The middle range of a group of farm buildings located at the W corner of the driveway leading to Penhow Castle, enclosing a cobbled yard on E side with low rubble wall with cock and hen coping.

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