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A Grade II Listed Building in Bettws (Betws), Powys

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Latitude: 52.5487 / 52°32'55"N

Longitude: -3.312 / 3°18'43"W

OS Eastings: 311128

OS Northings: 295342

OS Grid: SO111953

Mapcode National: GBR 9S.DH7C

Mapcode Global: VH683.J6XJ

Entry Name: Highgate

Listing Date: 10 March 1953

Last Amended: 25 April 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7556

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located approximately 1.9km SW of Bettws Cedewain church on E side of minor road from Tregynon to Newtown, immediately N of junction with a minor road to Pontyperchill.

County: Powys

Community: Bettws (Betws)

Community: Bettws

Locality: Highgate

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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The house appears to be a single build, probably mid-late C17. The original form of the house has been retained although later alterations included the replacement of much of the external timber frame (probably in the C19).


Two-storey house with attics, consisting of 2 wings joined by a short entrance range. Mostly of brick painted black and white but substantial timber framing survives, which is a combination of square panels and close studding with largely renewed infill. Slate roof with axial brick stack on each wing, both partly renewed. The entrance range has an added single storey lean-to to front with C20 iron-frame window in upper storey. The W wing to R is timber framed with close studding in the lower storey, and a jettied upper storey of square panels carried on moulded brackets. Its ornate gable end consists of a jettied tie beam on ornate brackets, and quatrefoils in the gable. Three-light window in the ground floor and 2-light window in upper storey have moulded wooden sills on brackets. The E wing is brick painted black and white (and with some weatherboarding on the side walls), but with a timber framed gable in small panels with painted quatrefoils. Its fenestration is similar to W wing. The rear elevation is of brick, although the gables of its outer bays are timber framed with small square panels. It has a centrally placed ledged and battened door flanked by 2-light windows, and large 3-light metal-framed windows above the doorway and in upper and lower storeys of the outer bays. The gables have similar 2-light windows.


Plan form comprises 2 principal rooms in each of the outer cross wings, and a subdivided entrance range, with main staircase set to one side. Principal rooms have back-to-back fireplaces in the two massive axial stacks, and those in the west wing (originally the higher status room) retain moulded and chamfered bressummers. Stop-chamfered ceiling beams throughout. External wall-framing of west wing exposed in principal rooms to first floor: square panelled framing with passing braces; there is a short length of moulded and scribed post and panel partition between these two rooms. Main dog-leg staircase has thin splat balusters.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good example of the C17 timber-framed tradition in Montgomeryshire, the plan form of which anticipates the double-pile Renaissance house.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Red House
    At the end of a long farm road off Llanfair road one quarter mile south of the junction with the B4389, on the community boundary.
  • II Pontyperchill Farmhouse
    Located 1.7km S of Bettws Cedewain church and reached by a short farm road on W side of B4389.
  • II Pont y Perchyll
    Located approximately 1.8km S of Bettws Cedwain church on the B4389 between Bettws Cedewain and Aberbechan, E of a junction with a minor road to Highgate.
  • II Glan Bechan
    Located approximately 1.3km S of Bettws Cedewain church on S side of a minor road near to junction with B4389. The house has farm buildings on the E side.
  • II* Church of St Beuno
    Located in a circular churchyard, on high ground overlooking the village of Bettws Cedewain.
  • II The Old School
    On the N side of the circular churchyard of St Beuno, on raised ground above the village.
  • II The Vicarage
    Located on raised ground 200m NE of church, on N side of minor road from Bettws Cedewain to Berriew and reached by a short private road.

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