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NE courtyard range at Aberglasney, incorporating stables and cart shed

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangathen, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8798 / 51°52'47"N

Longitude: -4.0638 / 4°3'49"W

OS Eastings: 258039

OS Northings: 222146

OS Grid: SN580221

Mapcode National: GBR DS.RNNQ

Mapcode Global: VH4J2.H0ZS

Entry Name: NE courtyard range at Aberglasney, incorporating stables and cart shed

Listing Date: 20 September 1990

Last Amended: 30 January 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11158

Building Class: Domestic

Location: To the NW of the house and at right angles to the lane to Grongar Farm.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Llangathen

Community: Llangathen

Locality: Aberglasney

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Aberglasney was built by Bishop Rudd of St Davids from 1600 and was one of the largest houses in Carmarthenshire according to the hearth-tax assessment of 1670. It was sold in 1710 to Robert Dyer, who rebuilt and extended the house in the general form in which it now survives. It has been argued that the general layout of the gardens was the work of the Rudd family in the C17. Further major development was undertaken in the early C19, after the purchase by the Philipps family, which included the construction of coach houses and farm buildings around a courtyard NW of the house.

The NE courtyard range was built in the early C19 and is shown on the 1839 Tithe map, but extended, heightened and re-roofed for £475 in 1875-6 to designs by George Morgan of Carmarthen. It is shown on the 1887 Ordnance Survey as divided into 3 units, incorporating stables and cart shed. The central or N unit is probably the earlier, followed by the S unit.

Exterior

A multi-purpose agricultural building of rubble stone with restored hipped slate roof. Built in 3 distinct phases separated by vertical joints. Below the eaves is a line of pigeon holes and corresponding ledge, probably integral with the final phase of addition, which is continuous across the front elevation except where it is broken by inserted windows. At the L (N) end is a 2-bay cart shed, which has cambered red-sandstone arches, to the R of which is a doorway with similar voussoirs, and an inserted window above breaking the line of pigeon holes. In the central unit is a central camber-headed doorway with stone voussoirs, and double boarded doors. It is flanked by casement windows under brick heads, with a similar casement inserted in the loft upper R. The R-hand (S) unit has a flat stone arch to a boarded door, offset on the R side. In the R end wall are twin lunette windows (obscured by vegetation at the time of inspection). To the rear the cart shed has a segmental-headed window, to the L of which is an added lean-to against the cart shed and central unit, below a stone eaves stack. The S end unit has a blocked window.

Interior

The roof has been reconstructed on new trusses. The cart shed has a small fireplace to the rear.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-detailed estate building retaining C19 character, for group value with other listed courtyard buildings and associated listed items at Aberglasney.

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