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Circular latrine at Blaen-nant-yr-hebog

A Grade II Listed Building in Glynneath (Glyn-nedd), Neath Port Talbot

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7279 / 51°43'40"N

Longitude: -3.6997 / 3°41'58"W

OS Eastings: 282708

OS Northings: 204606

OS Grid: SN827046

Mapcode National: GBR H7.2844

Mapcode Global: VH5G9.TTHS

Entry Name: Circular latrine at Blaen-nant-yr-hebog

Listing Date: 24 October 1989

Last Amended: 30 January 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11851

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Reached along several miles of Forestry Commission tracks NW of the main Neath Valley Road (A465). In Crugau wood, high above the Forestry Commission office. Situated amongst trees a short distance W

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Neath

Community: Glynneath (Glyn-nedd)

Community: Glynneath

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Early C19 latrine built in the style of circular pigsties.

Exterior

Site was impenetrable at time of resurvey (September 2003). The doorway lintel was broken and corbelled roof in deteriorating condition in July 1989. The following is the original description.
Early C19 latrine built in the style of circular pigsties with corbelled stone slab roof. The internal area is ovoid shape and contains a stone slab formerly supporting the seat. Drainage was by means of a narrow stream through two openings.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an example of the ancient technique of corbelling, normally associated with circular pigsties, but here found in the only currently known example of a circular latrine.

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