History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Great House Barn

A Grade II Listed Building in Talgarth, Powys

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 51.9969 / 51°59'48"N

Longitude: -3.2333 / 3°13'59"W

OS Eastings: 315423

OS Northings: 233878

OS Grid: SO154338

Mapcode National: GBR YW.JBML

Mapcode Global: VH6BV.X21J

Entry Name: Great House Barn

Listing Date: 20 November 1989

Last Amended: 14 August 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7501

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: Large 'L'-plan red brick farm building in rubble-walled yard, beside the A.479 and River Enig running NW from the centre of Talgarth. New Street lies to the N, and Cottage Lane to the S.

County: Powys

Community: Talgarth

Community: Talgarth

Built-Up Area: Talgarth

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

Find accommodation in


Early-mid C19. Two storeys, varied Flemish and English bond (to gable) brickwork, having plain pilasters to the S range and corners of W range. Rubble stone plinths and internal facings. Slate roofs, but corrugated asbestos on rear E pitch, and plain wood bargeboards.

The E range, running N - S, has tall double wooden cartway doors in 2 parts at the re-entrant angle, and added rubble stone external stair to boarded loft door, partly masking one of two cartshed openings with segmental relieving arches over timber lintels. Twin recessed arched openings to the S gable end, above which tiered pigeon nest holes in the gable. The E side is of 6 bays parted by pilasters, with vents and the opposing tall wooden cartdoors. W arm has three smaller arched openings (one blocked) to ground floor also with ventilation slits and loft openings; W end gable has ventilation slits on 2 levels plus loft opening above. Rubble stone and corrugated iron lean to on N side, W end, and C20 concrete block addition further along, facing Cottage Lane.


The barn retains (blackened) lightweight trusses with collars, raking braces and tie-beams resting on wall plates. Two tiers of purlins. Brickwork dressings, timber lintels. Half floor within the S end. Cowhouse to W range has loft over and some timber strapping in upper walls.

Reasons for Listing

A fine example of a post-improvement farm building with the remarkable provision for approximately 241 L-shaped nest boxes.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Great House
    Located S and backing on to Cottage Road, within its own grounds, set gable end on to the main road.
  • II Former Shop at Olde Mason's Arms P.H.
    Located on the N side of Back Lane, at right angles to the Olde Mason's Arms public house, sharing the same cobbled forecourt.
  • II Glanant
    Located along the left (W) bank of the River Enig, immediately N of Talgarth Bridge.
  • II Bridge House
    Located along the left (W) bank of the River Enig, immediately N of Talgarth Bridge.
  • II* Tower House including attached shop
    Located at the corner of the Square, at the side of the A479, adjoining the bridge over the River Enig.
  • II Telephone Call-box on The Square
    On E side of The Square in the centre of the town; to N of Town Hall.
  • II Talgarth Bridge
    Located at the centre of the town, spanning the River Enig, and adjoining the Tower House.
  • II Talgarth Mill
    Located on the right bank of the river Enig, about 50m above Talgarth Bridge, with access at the side of the Town Hall.

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.