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A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfarian, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.3658 / 52°21'56"N

Longitude: -4.0589 / 4°3'32"W

OS Eastings: 259908

OS Northings: 276189

OS Grid: SN599761

Mapcode National: GBR 8S.S582

Mapcode Global: VH4FK.LSKR

Entry Name: Henblas

Listing Date: 20 December 1989

Last Amended: 24 February 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 10711

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated down a short drive below A485, backing on to the river Ystwyth.

County: Ceredigion

Town: Aberystwyth

Community: Llanfarian

Community: Llanfarian

Locality: Abermad

Traditional County: Cardiganshire

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Country house of c1800-20 with some older work incorporated. Formerly known as Abermad, part of the Strata Florida abbey estates leased to Jenkin ab Ievan ap Lewis in 1533. Owned by the Lloyd family in the late C16 and early C17, acquired in 1656 by James Jones or Johnes of Dolaucothi, High Sheriff in 1671, who paid tax on 3 hearths in 1670. Thomas Johnes, High Sheriff 1737, was imprisoned for 3 years in 1757 over debts to Herbert Lloyd of Peterwell. Sold to Robert Lloyd of Oswestry who may have built present house c1800-1820, incorporating some late C17 work. In 1813, owned by Mr Gataker, son-in-law to Robert Lloyd. From 1840-52 owned by the Trawscoed estate, in 1841 Isaac Rowlands, farmer of 400 acres(162 hectares), was here with his wife, 3 children, 2 grandchildren and 6 servants. Sold in 1854 to Lewis Pugh of Aberystwyth who made his fortune with the Copa Hill lead mine and died in 1868, his heir Lewis Pugh Evans (who changed his name to Lewis Pugh Pugh) built the new Abermad mansion nearby (in Llanilar C) in 1870-2.


Country house in late Georgian style, painted stucco with hipped slate roof with centre valley, flat eaves and two C20 brick chimneys in valley. Three storeys, 3-window range of sashes, 16-pane to main floors and square 12-pane to top floor. Centre door recessed 6-panel door, 4 fielded and 2 flush panels, all with curved rebates to corners, with traceried overlight. Matching panels in reveal with octagonal panels each side of overlight and in soffit. C20 Bath stone columned porch of 2 columns and half-column responds, moulded cornice. Front door recess has added C20 iron outer screen doors with overlight. Stucco detail added since 1971 photograph, includes channelled angle piers, rustication to ground floor and window surrounds with shoulders and keystones. Right side elevation similar 2-window range of 12-pane horned sashes. Left side, also 2-window, is similar but blank window top left and C20 windows top and bottom right. Rear 3-window range with casement pair windows to top floor, an unusual first floor window of 30 tiny panes, with iron opening section, C20 window first floor right, 6-pane horned sashes first floor and ground floor left. Centre boarded door with overlight and single storey outbuilding attached to right, with brick end stack, window, door and triple casement to E front.


Not inspected, said to have 6-panel doors, panelled shutters, and window surrounds with small bosses. Late Georgian staircase. The dining room has a chamfered cross beam indicating an older building reused.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a substantial late Georgian gentry house with good surviving detail.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Plas Abermad
    Set in its own grounds on the floor of the Ystwyth Valley. Reached by short drive curving N off the A485 midway between Llanfarian and Llanilar.
  • II Craig y Bwch
    Reached by lane and track of some 2km following N bank of Ystwyth from Heol Ty Llwyd in Llanfarian village.
  • II Outbuilding at Craig y Bwch
    Situated just E of house, at end of long track from Llanfarian.
  • II Ty Isaf
    Situated on N side of Ystwyth river, some 2km SE of Llanfarian village.
  • II Tyllwyd and attached outbuildings
    Situated on E side of Ystwyth about 800m down Lon Tyllwyd from Llanfarian.
  • II Aberllolwyn
    In a wooded dip S of Llanfarian, S of the A487 with drive entry opposite the village school.
  • II Milestone near Aberllolwyn drive
    Situated on south side of the road some 50m west of the entrance to Aberllolwyn.

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