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Old Beaupre Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llanfair (Llan-fair), Vale of Glamorgan

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4388 / 51°26'19"N

Longitude: -3.4275 / 3°25'38"W

OS Eastings: 300879

OS Northings: 172050

OS Grid: ST008720

Mapcode National: GBR HL.NQKM

Mapcode Global: VH6FG.J3XD

Plus Code: 9C3RCHQF+F2

Entry Name: Old Beaupre Farmhouse

Listing Date: 22 February 1963

Last Amended: 22 September 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13172

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located at the SE corner of Old Beaupre Castle, attached to the E end of the S range of the ruined manor house, aligned on a N/S axis.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Llanfair (Llan-fair)

Community: Llanfair

Locality: Old Beaupre

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Substantial fortified manor house dating from the C14 to the early C17, now primarily a roofless ruin in State guardianship. The Bassett family occupied the site from the first recorded references in 1262. During the occupancy of Sir Rice Mansel during the C16 the house was extended and developed; the outer gatehouse, the enclosure of the middle court and the later storeyed porch to the central range were erected in 1586 and 1600 respectively. In the C17 the Bassett family abandoned Beaupre in favour of the smaller nearby Fishweir. However, there is evidence of partial habitation during the early C18 with blocked fireplaces and windows in attempts at tax avoidance. The manor was sold in 1709. The building became progressively ruinous with only this SE block continuing to be inhabited as a farmhouse to the present day. The farmhouse originally comprised the kitchen range to the Beaupre complex. The history of the house is fully documented in the RCAHMW Inventory.

Exterior

Two storey farmhouse with ground floor store at S end with accommodation over, dating from the C14. Four bays with rendered front elevation and part painted rear elevation of coursed limestone rubble construction with a batter to the base. Slated roof of discontinuous pitch stepping down at the S end with modern roof. large clustered, chimney stack to N end and modern axial stack to S. Front elevation has no original fenestration. To the N end a section of the elevation has been raised at the eaves to create a pent roofed dormer lit by two windows. Two larger windows below, with a C16 four-centred doorway to the W, in dressed stone with plain chamfered jambs. To the S end is a narrow, two-centred doorway, glazed behind, with simple, convexly moulded jambs and broach stops. Possibly of C14 date. Modern windows to the right hand side and above appear to occupy original openings. Stone staircase leading up to former granary at far S end. S elevation is unlit, however, the S end of the range has numerous putlogs. The W elevation, at the S end, is unrendered with ashlar quoining to the S gable. Two pairs of multi-paned casements beneath the eaves with modern opening and outhouse beneath. Modern lean-to conservatory to W elevation with an early, wide arched opening with two-centred head of voussoirs evident on the rear wall, now blocked and pierced by an enlarged window opening at first floor level. Three randomly sized casements above. At the far N end is a full height mono-pitched extension with slated roof returning across the S elevation of the S range of the manor house, lit only at ground floor level.

Interior

A four bay plan entered on the E side with three rooms on each floor, with the exception of the byre range at the S end. At the N end is a living room, originally the kitchen with two large fireplaces in the N gable wall with shallow voussoired arches springing from a central pier, with ovens to E and W jambs. On W is a cantilevered corridor at high level constructed in timber and plaster, inscribed "I Butler 1664". Four exposed beams with broad chamfers with torus and hollow stops. A four-centred doorway leads into the kitchen lit on the W by two modern windows, and another four-centred doorway on the S wall leading into the hall. The kitchen has three exposed beams running E/W with broad chamfers and hollow stops. The two exposed beams in the hall running on a N/S axis have similar detail. The third bay has no exposed features other than the two-centred doorway on the S elevation. S end is used as a store. Modern stair in W extension leading into central partitioned chamber on S side through doorway with depressed Tudor arch. In the N wall is a dressed stone fireplace with four-centred head. The timber gallery to the W of this room gives access to a further chamber to the NW of the main S hall block of the manor house via a doorway with four-centred head and chamfered jambs. The central and S chambers have been partitioned to create two smaller rooms in each. In ground and first floor many of the windows have deeply splayed reveals suggesting original openings of an early date. The surviving roof structure at the N end retains a central truss with cambered collar and three trenched purlins.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II* by virtue of its early date, surviving internal features, historic importance and group value with the Old Beaupre complex.

Scheduled Ancient Monument No. 7/2025/Gm1 (part)

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • I Old Beaupre Castle
    Located approximately 2km SW of St Hilary on the E bank of the river Thaw, set on a platformed site, with pedestrian access from St Hilary to St Mary Church road to NW, opposite Howe Mill Farm.
  • II Former Hall Range to S of Old Beaupre Castle
    Located immediately to the S of S range of Old Beaupre Castle, aligned on N/S axis.
  • II Old Beaupre Barn
    Located to the SE of Old Beaupre Castle, within a field approximately 100m S of the farmhouse, aligned on a NE/SW axis.
  • II Old Rectory
    Located immediately to the North of St Mary Church, within the centre of the village.
  • II Parish Church of St Mary
    Located at the centre of St Mary Church village.
  • II Barn at Fishweir
    Located approximately 2km South East of the village of St Mary Church on the Tre-Aubrey to Llanmaes Road. Set down a long track leading south to the Fishweir farm group.
  • II Fishweir Farmhouse
    Located 2km SE of the village of St Mary Church village on the Tre-Aubrey to Llanmaes Road, from which a driveway leads south to the property.
  • II New Beaupre
    Located W of the village of St Hilary at the end of a long unmetalled private drive, running W through Coed y Tor. Aligned on a SE/NW axis.

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