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A Grade II* Listed Building in Llangyniew, Powys

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Latitude: 52.7085 / 52°42'30"N

Longitude: -3.3083 / 3°18'29"W

OS Eastings: 311708

OS Northings: 313117

OS Grid: SJ117131

Mapcode National: GBR 9S.2J4N

Mapcode Global: WH79F.45XY

Entry Name: Garth-fawr

Listing Date: 12 October 1978

Last Amended: 19 September 2002

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 8658

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Reached by a lane east of a minor road to the north-east of the village of Pontrobert.

County: Powys

Community: Llangyniew (Llangynyw)

Community: Llangyniew

Locality: Garth-fawr

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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Garth-fawr appears to have been a single-bay hall house with a service bay at the south-west (downslope) end; possibly C16. As a house with a single-bay hall this is an unusual type.

The house was given an upper storey and a large axial chimney at an early date but appears to preserve signs of a dais canopy around which the chamber joists over the hall have been notched. An extra bay was added to the original house, upslope, probably in the C17, the loft of which was possibly a granary, and a rear wing was added containing a large kitchen hearth.

After these changes the plan of the house conformed to the three-unit lobby-entrance type, the main entrance being opposite the inserted chimney and the stairs on the other side. The room to the south-west of the chimney was probably the new parlour, with its own fireplace.

Garth-fawr was a farmhouse on the Dolobran Estate until 1982, but is now a private house without farmland.


An altered timber-framed 1½-storey house of two units, enlarged to three, mostly encased or underbuilt in stone; it ranges north-east/south-west and now faces south east to a garden. Slate roof with modern brickwork chimney left of centre as seen from the front. Rear wing with stone end-chimney.

The front elevation (to the garden) is principally of stone, coloured white. Timber framing remains in the upper part of the left and middle bays. Modern door and porch to the main entrance opposite the main chimney. To left and right of this entrance are pairs of 12-pane iron casements. Modern timber window to right bay. Two dormers to centre and right bays with modern casements.

The left gable elevation is of uncoursed plain stonework, with small-pane iron casements in the upper storey and in the rear extension. Small modern window.

The right gable elevation is timber-framed above tie beam and of stone below. The framing is brick nogged. Small pane window in what was evidently a former loft doorway.

Irregular rear elevation with small catslide lean-to incorporating porch. Small dormer and one rooflight at rear. Plain stonework end to rear wing.


Large inserted chimney with main hearth to serve the middle unit. The middle and north-east units have two axial main beams; the south-west unit has a single axial beam with very large chamfers. Notching in soffit of beams of central unit regarded as related to former dais end.

Large hearth in gable end of rear extension with bread oven to right and space for boiler to left.

Reasons for Listing

Listed at grade II* as a mediaeval house of an unusual plan incorporating a single-bay hall, which has retained its character and much original fabric.

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  • II* John Hughes Memorial Chapel (Pontrobert Chapel)
    In a cul-de-sac lane to the north of Pontrobert Village (leading to Pentre-uchaf), on west side of lane; the chapel cemetery in on the opposite side (in different ownership).
  • II* Dolobran Hall
    1 km west of Pontrobert village, reached by a lane to the north of the Pontrobert to Mathrafal road. Farmyard at north and west (including listed farm building), garden to south.
  • II Farm Building at Dolobran including Link Wall to House
    At west side of Dolobran Hall, across a small yard.
  • II Old Rectory
    To the south-east of the village of Pontrobert, on the north side of the road to Dolobran; the house set back from the road with garden to front, yard to rear.
  • II* Friends' Meeting House
    Located in a deliberately obscure position in a fold of the hill at the end of a farm track N of Forge Farm. Burial ground is now a garden.
  • II Pont-y-Ffatri (partley in Llangyniew Community)
    Carrying the road east from Pontrobert to Mathrafal over the Afon Efyrnwy, about 1.5 km east of Pontrobert.
  • II Pont-y-Ffatri (partly in Meifod Community)
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