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Pen Llwyn House

A Grade II Listed Building in Llawhaden, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.825 / 51°49'29"N

Longitude: -4.775 / 4°46'30"W

OS Eastings: 208859

OS Northings: 217683

OS Grid: SN088176

Mapcode National: GBR CV.W67S

Mapcode Global: VH2NZ.5DZ9

Entry Name: Pen Llwyn House

Listing Date: 21 June 1971

Last Amended: 11 August 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 6071

Building Class: Domestic

Location: 300 m W of Bethesda crossroads

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Llawhaden (Llanhuadain)

Community: Llawhaden

Locality: Bethesda

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Pen Llwyn is a late C18 or early C19 house added to an earlier farmhouse. In the late C17 the original house was the farm of Dafydd Morris, a local Congregational leader. In 1839 it is recorded as the farm of George Gwyther, owned by Mrs Richardson. It was subsequently the home of the James family until the early C20


The main part of the house is L-shaped plus a stairs block within the angle, a good example of plain Georgian design. The house faces S (SW) to gardens. To its W is the older farmhouse, remodelled as a service wing. The main part is of three storeys, with a three window front elevation. Roughcast overall, including the older part, with a smooth-rendered plinth. Low-pitch slated roof with metal rolls on the hips. One left end-chimney, one rear chimney at the right, rendered. Hornless sash windows of six and twelve panes in recessed frames to the top and first storeys, horned sash windows of twelve panes in exposed frames to the ground storey. Slate sills. Centrally at front is an open Ionic porch of timber and stucco with Tuscan rear pilasters; lead dressed over a heavy cornice; the floor is of slate. Four-panel front door with two steps and a rectangular overlight with margin glazing. Similar window detailing in the narrow right elevation. The rear door at the side of the stairs block is similar to that at the front, but without a porch.

The older wing is of two storeys and an attic. Higher pitched roof, with lateral chimney at the N side. C19 bargeboards and finial; single storey later lean-to and gabled extensions at W. The sash windows are of late C19 type with four-panes.


The best rooms are a dining room left of the entrance hallway with painted marble fireplace and a drawing room right of the entrance hallway with a white marble fireplace. At the rear of the house there is a very good straight staircase of exceptional length in one flight, with a bracketted cut string above a panelled wall, two painted square balusters to each tread, mahogany handrail coiled at the curtail step over a baluster cluster surrounding a turned newel. Four panel internal doors.

Reasons for Listing

A very well preserved modest late Georgian farmhouse.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Bethesda Congregational Chapel
    100 m W of the Bethesda crossroads in the village of Bethesda, on the B4313, standing in a large graveyard; stone gatepiers, simple iron gates.
  • II* Vaynor
    Reached by a private drive on the E side of the B4313 Pont Shân to Bethesda road
  • II Pont Shân
    Carrying the B4313 Llawhaden to Narberth road over a small stream (River Develidge) which constitutes the boundary between the Communities of Llawhaden and Narberth.
  • II Pont Shan
    Carrying the B4313 over the River Develidge at the NW corner of the Community Boundary.
  • II* Church of St. Aidan
    In a square churchyard on the right bank of the Eastern Cleddau, 300 m N of Llawhaden Bridge.
  • II* Llawhaden Bridge and River Bank Wall
    On Eastern Cleddau ½ km E of Llawhaden Village
  • I Llawhaden Castle
    To the W of Llawhaden Village, standing within a wide dry moat, at the head of a steep slope above the Eastern Cleddau.
  • II Llawhaden Village Pound
    At the left side of the causeway entering Llawhaden Castle.

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