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Old Farmhouse at Gwrlodde

A Grade II Listed Building in Talgarth, Powys

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Latitude: 51.9752 / 51°58'30"N

Longitude: -3.2214 / 3°13'16"W

OS Eastings: 316201

OS Northings: 231448

OS Grid: SO162314

Mapcode National: GBR YX.KMLD

Mapcode Global: VH6BW.3MV6

Entry Name: Old Farmhouse at Gwrlodde

Listing Date: 10 June 1992

Last Amended: 14 August 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7531

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located on a NE facing slope, on the S side of its farmyard, with access by farm road off the minor road from Talgarth to Pengenffordd. The farmhouse is on a cut platform on the upper end of the slop

County: Powys

Community: Talgarth

Community: Talgarth

Locality: Gwrlodde

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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The farmhouse was replaced c1910 by a brick house to the E, and work of conversion commenced in 1993.


The farmhouse has a C16 longhouse derived plan, 1 storey and attic, of rubble stone with a corrugated iron roof. It was originally built on crucks and perhaps timber walled. The second and third bays were probably built of stone to first floor level, and continued in timber framing. The house consists of three bays, an uphill parlour with gable stack and stone stair to the rear, a second room with a stack on the downhill end, separating this from the later kitchen in the byre beyond a cross passage, this last bay linked through a slate roofed bay at right angles, attached to the later barn on the W side of the farmyard. It is possible the uphill end of the house is an early C17 extension. Boarded door to upper bay, with heavy chamfered frame and inserted shaped doorhead. Windows removed, due to be replaced, but diamond mullioned attic window to upper bay. Small window to stair with dripmould in E gable. The second bay was possibly the site of the original cross passage. Door and later inserted cart entrance.

The link block to the barn has a slightly lower ridge and different roof construction, and includes a doorway in the angle. The gable end has two blocked openings, internally splayed, indicating that it is earlier than the barn.


The stone wall between the upper and second bay has an embedded blackened cruck with long saddle piece for a lower roof, the blade notched for a purlin, and the foot, recorded earlier, now no longer visible. Doorway at the N end of the dividing wall also covered. Ogee stopped chamfers to 4 cross beams in upper bay, and similar to lower bays. Low fire lintel in second bay, the fireplace with internal cupboards, and flush doorway on S wall leads to a projecting staircase. Roof trusses have tenoned collars, and halved pegged apex joints, notched for the ridge, the principals springing from projecting stub-bearing plates.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a farmhouse preserving many important features of the sub-medieval period, and of group value with the attached barn and farm building.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Barn at Gwrlodde adjoining Old Farmhouse at Gwrlodde
    Located on the NE facing slope, on the W side of the farmyard, and added to the gable end of the extension at the kitchen end of Gwrlodde farmhouse.
  • II Detached Farm Building at Gwrlodde
    Located on the NE facing slope, on the E side of the farmyard, lying some 20m E of the E gable end of the farmhouse.
  • II Lower Genffordd Farmhouse
    Located on the W side of the high road from Talgarth to Pengenffordd, placed across the slope of the hill, and overlooking a narrow valley to the W.
  • II Pen-Twyn including attached Barn
    Located on the minor lane leading off the upper road from Talgarth to Pengenffordd in the direction of Rh_s.
  • II Middle Genffordd
    The farm is set within its farmyard on sloping land on the N side and below the minor lane to Rh_s, leading off the upper road from Talgarth to Pengenffordd.
  • II Pendre Farmhouse
    Located at the end of the farm track, below SE entrance to the scheduled promontory fort, Talgarth Camp.
  • II Barn at Pendre Farm
    Located on the SW side of the farmyard, facing the gable end of the earlier farmhouse.
  • II Rhos Farmhouse
    Located on an elevated plateau, former moorland, in the angle of a minor road running below Y Grib.

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