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Upper Rectory Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Welshpool, Powys

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Latitude: 52.6012 / 52°36'4"N

Longitude: -3.1961 / 3°11'45"W

OS Eastings: 319090

OS Northings: 301047

OS Grid: SJ190010

Mapcode National: GBR 9Y.97S7

Mapcode Global: WH79V.WW77

Plus Code: 9C4RJR23+FH

Entry Name: Upper Rectory Farmhouse

Listing Date: 26 October 1953

Last Amended: 21 August 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7670

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Set back from the B4390, on the NE edge of the village.

County: Powys

Community: Berriew (Aberriw)

Community: Berriew

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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The farmhouse is probably an early-mid C18 building, but its use of the sub-medieval planning convention of a central hall may indicate earlier origins. Some C19 remodelling work carried out by the Vaynor estate.


Timber-framed; slate roof with axial and gable end stacks. Box framed in regular square panels on brick plinth and with painted brick nogging. 2 storeys with attic, 3-unit plan, divided structurally into 4 bays by continuous vertical posts, allowing a 2-bay hall with single bays at either end of it. Parallel rear range and wing are later additions, and brick on stone plinth. Baffle entrance to right of centre, in timbered and gabled porch, with fine 6-panelled door). Windows throughout are wooden casements of 3-lights with mullions and transoms (apparently replacing horizontally sliding sashes). 2-light casements in gabled dormers in the roof. Single storeyed outbuildings extend to the left of the range: brick with hipped graded slate roof and 3-light leaded window.


Baffle entrance with small lobby in front of the main chimney stack, to the right of the heated hall, which has stairs rising from its rear wall. Secondary staircase (but possibly of earlier date) to the rear of the stack. Heated rooms to either side of the hall (with horizontally sliding internal shutters in drawing room).

Reasons for Listing

A fine example of a large vernacular farmhouse, in the late timber framing typical of the area, but with possible early origins.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Barn at upper Rectory Farm
    On the west side of the drive leading to Upper Rectory Farmhouse.
  • II Bridge 128 over the Montgomeryshire Canal
    Carries the B4390 over the canal 0.5km approx. NE of Berriew village.
  • II Lock Cottage
    Situated 150m approx. N of bridge 128 which carries the B4390 over the canal 0.5km approx. NE of Berriew village, on the east side of the canal at Berriew Lock.
  • II Milepost
    Opposite Pool Road Cottage at the side of the road.
  • II The Smithy
    On the corner of Church Terrace and the B4390 road out of the village to the NE.
  • II Berriew Lock
    Situated 150m approx. N of bridge 128 which carries the B4390 over the canal 0.5km approx. NE of Berriew village.
  • II The Cottage
    Towards the junction with Church Terrace on the E side of the village.
  • II Former School
    Backs onto the E side of the churchyard in the centre of the village.

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