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Big House Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanmadoc, Swansea

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Latitude: 51.6171 / 51°37'1"N

Longitude: -4.2543 / 4°15'15"W

OS Eastings: 244022

OS Northings: 193324

OS Grid: SS440933

Mapcode National: GBR GR.11WR

Mapcode Global: VH3MP.6MR6

Plus Code: 9C3QJP8W+R7

Entry Name: Big House Farmhouse

Listing Date: 5 April 1989

Last Amended: 3 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11723

Building Class: Domestic

Location: South side of the main street of the village, 200 m south east of the church. Range of stone outbuildings to west. Stone garden walls to the front.

County: Swansea

Town: Swansea

Community: Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton (Llangynydd, Llanmadog a Cheriton)

Community: Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton

Locality: Llanmadoc village

Built-Up Area: Llanmadoc

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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A farmhouse believed to be of mid-C18 origin; the house is of good status, perhaps rebuilt or substantially improved in the early C19. It is said once to have been thatched. In 1924 the Big House and 17 acres (6.89 hectares) were sold off from the Llanmadoc Estate.


The Big House occupies a dominant site in the centre of Llanmadoc village, overlooking a triangular green. It is set back behind a walled garden with its former stable yard to the west.
Two storey late Georgian farmhouse with three window front elevation; rendered and white painted stonework walls, slate roof with tile ridge and rendered end stacks capped in three courses of red brickwork. 12-pane front windows with hornless sashes and thin glazing bars; stone sills. One small attic light in each gable end.
The house has a single storey extension in tandem to the left and another to the right, both similarly rendered, painted white and slate-roofed. There are also irregular rear extensions in similar materials. The four window wing to the left has 12-pane sash-windows to match main house. The wing to the right has a steeper roof pitch, a tall narrow brick chimney and a modern window. The rear fenestration is all modern. The porch is a later addition, also white painted render and slated roof; it has modern windows to side and front but in the doorway behind is the shape of a boxed-in fanlight.
Walled stable yard to west; rubble masonry, part rendered, assorted window openings and boarded doors, corrugated roofs. (Included for group value with the house.)


Conventional interior layout based on original central lobby and stairs. Regency style staircase, not original to the house, with inch square balusters and plain handrail.

Reasons for Listing

A well preserved late Georgian farmhouse of good status which has retained its character.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Ty Gwyn
    Opposite Big House Farmhouse, set back from the village street.
  • II Telephone Call-box to north of Post Office (01792 386237)
    At south side of village street, in front of former Post Office
  • II The Old Rectory
    At the west end of Llanmadoc Village, south of the churchyard.
  • II Church of St Madoc
    At W end of village. Rubble stone churchyard wall to south and east; iron gate with iron lamp arch. Graveyard enlarged to north. Cobble paving at entrance.
  • II Trinity Presbyterian Chapel
    North side of the road leading SE from Llanmadoc to Cheriton. Stone wall to small forecourt, with iron railings and gate.
  • II Circular Pigsty near Pill House
    At left of path north from Frog Lane to Pill House.
  • I Church of St Cadoc
    In the hamlet of Cheriton, east of Llanmadoc. Stone churchyard wall on three sides, with iron railing, gate, and lamp arch to east. Concrete path to church door. The grave stone (renewed) of Rev WD Da
  • II Glebe Farmhouse
    At west side of road, immediately north of St Cadoc's Church in Cheriton.

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