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Shop, including former Theatre to rear

A Grade II Listed Building in Brecon, Powys

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Latitude: 51.9459 / 51°56'45"N

Longitude: -3.3888 / 3°23'19"W

OS Eastings: 304640

OS Northings: 228396

OS Grid: SO046283

Mapcode National: GBR YP.MN13

Mapcode Global: VH6BZ.6CV4

Plus Code: 9C3RWJW6+8F

Entry Name: Shop, including former Theatre to rear

Listing Date: 16 December 1976

Last Amended: 4 November 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7120

Building Class: Commercial

ID on this website: 300007120

Location: Facing junction with Free Street.

County: Powys

Town: Brecon

Community: Brecon (Aberhonddu)

Community: Brecon

Built-Up Area: Brecon

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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The former theatre has early C19 external details. The entrance to the theatre from The Watton was through No.38, formerly the New Inn. The stage, which has been removed, was formerly at the NE end of the theatre. See late C18 newspaper advertisements referring to theatre productions and to a new theatre at Brecon.


No.38 has mid-to-late C19 facade to The Watton of three storeys, three windowss with rendered walls. Slate roof, end brick chimneys; projecting eaves. End pilasters with capitals. Dressed stone plinth. 4-pane sash windows without glazing bars in openings with moulded architraves and plain sills on both second and first floors. On ground floor, to left, C19 style shopfront with half-glazed door to L, and window to R both enclosed by pilasters, fascia, brackets, and cornice which runs also across centre doorway with similar treatment; half-glazed panelled door, curved headed fanlight. Similar treatment also to smaller shopfront in right hand bay. Lower rear wing of stone rubble of three storeys, two bays.
The former theatre is built against this rear wing. Tall one-storey building with stone walls and slate hipped roof. North-west facade with four tall sash windows with glazing bars with blocked doorway at NE end.


Former theatre has late C19 roof structure, perhaps contemporary with former mill to rear (1894). Stage removed, and much of theatre area cased in plasterboard or plywood. Few if any details believed to exist.

Reasons for Listing

Extremely rare survival of early C19 theatre behind building with good mid C19 character. Group Value with adjacent listed buildings in The Watton.

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