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Great House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.7724 / 51°46'20"N

Longitude: -4.4632 / 4°27'47"W

OS Eastings: 230150

OS Northings: 211061

OS Grid: SN301110

Mapcode National: GBR D7.ZKLC

Mapcode Global: VH3LS.LQC4

Entry Name: Great House

Listing Date: 30 November 1966

Last Amended: 25 September 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 9650

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At the end of a continuous row of frontages, stepped up from the Vicarage.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Laugharne Township (Treflan Lacharn)

Community: Laugharne Township

Built-Up Area: Laugharne

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Early C18 Georgian structure of double-pile plan; some later alterations. 2-storey, basement and attic 5-2window pebbledash front with plinth. Steep slate roofs, moulded eaves cornice and brick chimney stacks, original to left with recessed panelling. Central pediment with pointed 3-light attic window; 12-pane early C19 sash windows below. Exceptional central late Baroque doorcase, broad bracket cornice, foliage entablature and Corinthian reeded pilasters; later 4-panel door and fanlight. Plain pebbledash right end, 2-light windows. Ground falls away, elevating rear on terrace above garden with rubble revetment wall. Irregularly spaced windows of various types; voussoir lintels. Pitched roof rubble 2-storey structure extends W retaining chimney stack; formerly the servants hall but now in poor condition.

Formerly housed a museum which included the Benjamin West painting now in the Church.

Undergoing restoration at time of inspection (January 1986).


Interior plan is of central stair-passage type, retaining entrance hall with panelled doors to front panelled rooms; to right cornice advances over panel borders and cockle shell niches. Semicircular arch leads to fine early C18 dog-leg staircase with fluted banisters, moulded handrail and foliage ornament to tread ends. 1st floor landing with twin semicircular arches dividing front and rear piles; keystones and panelled soffits. Deep wall panelling, cornices, panelled shutters and doors. Original 7-bay roof retained with pegged timbers, some later accommodation alterations.

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    Slightly canted street frontage adjoining Great House; continuous sequence of frontages to left.
  • II Rosetta
    Opposite Great House and atached at an angle to Moir House; iron railed walks to front above the road.
  • II Moir House
    Set across the slope, attached to The Limes on the left and Rosetta at an angle to the right; ramped and iron railed path above the road to front.
  • II Temperance House
    Set in a continuous row of frontages stepped down from Abercaran House to left.
  • II Dragon Park
    Detached to the left.
  • II The Limes
    Set across the slope at the junction with Clifton Street, reached by ramped and iron railed pavement above the road.
  • II Abercoran House
    Set in a continuous row of frontages, stepped down from Grove House to left.
  • II Grove House
    Set in a continuous row of frontages stepped up from Redford House to left.

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