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Llwydarth farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Maesteg, Bridgend

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Latitude: 51.5987 / 51°35'55"N

Longitude: -3.6492 / 3°38'57"W

OS Eastings: 285865

OS Northings: 190156

OS Grid: SS858901

Mapcode National: GBR H9.BGSS

Mapcode Global: VH5H3.P2NT

Plus Code: 9C3RH9X2+F8

Entry Name: Llwydarth farmhouse

Listing Date: 27 October 1963

Last Amended: 14 July 1997

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11256

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The farmhouse is set on a steep hill, with access by farm track directly off the A4063 Maesteg to Bridgend Road.

County: Bridgend

Town: Maesteg

Community: Maesteg

Community: Maesteg

Locality: Llwydarth

Built-Up Area: Maesteg

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Originally built in the C16 and altered in the C17. Noted by Rice Merrick as 'dwelling house of Thomas ap Hywel ap John Coch, by him built'. His son, Antony Powel was steward to Sir Thomas Mansel in 1605. The bard, Dafydd Benwyn recorded the unstinting generosity of the Llwydarth family.


Built of rubble stone and limewashed. Slate roof, with local sandstone peg slates on the porch. Two bays, low gabled porch with open outer door and timber lintel. C19 two-light paned casement timber windows, but one small C17 oak window at the rear. Large central and left gable stack. Later lean-to extnsions to the rear, linking with the C17 bakehouse at the NE corner, and a further extension at right angles of c.1980.


The porch leads to a cross passage behind the main axial stack. Kitchen to the left, with a large gable stack, and hall of 3 ceiling bays to the right. Stair, originally behind the stack, now in the passage, the former post and panel partition dividing off the kitchen from the passage is evidenced by a groove in the ceiling beam. The kitchen stack has a side oven. The hall fireplace has chamfered ashlar jambs damaged by later modifications, with heart-shaped chamfer stops. Chamfered ceiling beams and cross joists, with broach stops. The rear door also has moulded double-hollow chamfer stone jambs with decorative stops. Two visible roof trusses with curved footed principals linked by a collar and carrying 3 tiers of purlins. Later extensions to the rear link with the C17 external bakehouse, which has a bread oven, perhaps a later insertion, and altered openings. Detached stones on the site indicate that the original sandstone windows were of up to 3 bays, arch headed and hollow chamferd mullions, and had a close set label with square dropped terminals.

Reasons for Listing

Included at II* as an exceptionally well preserved example of a C16 Glamorgan farmhouse, with a detached bakehouse.

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