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The School House

A Grade II Listed Building in Newtown, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5781 / 52°34'41"N

Longitude: -3.3374 / 3°20'14"W

OS Eastings: 309471

OS Northings: 298652

OS Grid: SO094986

Mapcode National: GBR 9R.BNZ3

Mapcode Global: WH79Z.PGZD

Plus Code: 9C4RHMH7+62

Entry Name: The School House

Listing Date: 23 November 1987

Last Amended: 31 January 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 8683

Building Class: Education

Location: Located on N side of the road leading SW from parish church and approximately 70m from the church. The house is set back from the road, with the school immediately to the E.

County: Powys

Community: Tregynon

Community: Tregynon

Built-Up Area: Tregynon

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History

The School House and school were built in 1871. Constructed in unreinforced concrete by Henry Hanbury-Tracy as part of the Gregynog Estate. Hanbury-Tracy's use of the material on the Gregynog Estate was intended to demonstrate the benefits of building in concrete. It was said that concrete reduced the cost of a house by nearly a half compared to brick or stone. The concrete was made from river gravel and brick fragments bonded with cement. It was laid in wet courses directly onto the wall using timber shuttering, and finished with a skim coat of render. Concrete was also used for mullions and chimneys and is said to have been used for floor and roof slabs, partition walls, fireplace and stair construction. Originally the building had a roof of concrete slabs, although these were subsequently covered by slates.

Exterior

One and a half storey house of unreinforced concrete with Gothic detail and slate roof. 3-window front in scribed render with cross-gable to L, dormers to centre and R. Coped gables with pendant finials and moulded eaves bands. 3-light round headed windows in lower storey flanking central gabled porch with pointed arch and crocket finial. In the upper storey are similar 2-light windows. Tall stack with paired octagonal flues offset to R with a modern stack to L; crested ridge tiles. The side walls have 2-light windows similar to the front. At the rear is a single-storey projection to L and 2-storey wing to R (with a lean-to added between), which have similar windows to front.

Interior

Not accessible at the time of inspection (July-August 1996).

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its exceptional construction technique pioneering the use of unreinforced concrete for domestic architecture, and for group value with Tregynon School and its Boundary Wall. The house also makes an important contribution to the surviving group of concrete buildings in Tregynon.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Tregynon School
    Located 50m SW of parish church at a junction of 2 minor roads opposite Church House Farm. Set within a playground walled in concrete on the S and E sides and bounded by the School House on the W sid
  • II Tregynon School Boundary Wall
    Located at a junction of 2 minor roads 50m SW of parish church. The wall forms the S and E boundary of the school, and extends W to the front of the School House.
  • II Church of St Cynon
    Located on raised ground on W side of village, overlooking Bechan valley. The church is sited in a churchyard with rubble retaining wall to S.
  • II Church Cottage
    Backs on to E side of churchyard, and set back slightly from the road through the village.
  • II Sawmill Lodge
    Located on the N side of the E entrance of Gregynog Hall, close to the junction with the B4389 through Tregynon, and approximately 0.4km S of parish church.
  • II 1 Concrete Cottages
    Located at the S end of Tregynon village, approximately 100m E of entrance to Gregynog Estate.
  • II 2 Concrete Cottages
    Located at the S end of Tregynon village, approximately 100m E of entrance to Gregynog Estate.
  • II Dolymelinau Farm Buildings
    Located approximately 0.8km N of parish church on the corner of a junction of 2 minor roads. The farm buildings form 2 sides of the farmyard.

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