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Whitehouse Cottage

A Grade II* Listed Building in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.3892 / 51°23'21"N

Longitude: -3.2903 / 3°17'25"W

OS Eastings: 310315

OS Northings: 166364

OS Grid: ST103663

Mapcode National: GBR HS.RP30

Mapcode Global: VH6FQ.XBFW

Plus Code: 9C3R9PQ5+MV

Entry Name: Whitehouse Cottage

Listing Date: 7 February 1978

Last Amended: 30 March 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13400

Building Class: Domestic

Location: To N of Watch Tower and Old Rocket Shed.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Barry (Y Barri)

Community: Barry

Locality: The Knap

Built-Up Area: Barry

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Facing roughly S, behind front garden bounded by low rubble wall. Formerly known as Cold Knap Farm, or Cole or Coal Farm.


Left (W) end of house late C16, originally single unit house with end entry (to W); right (E) end of house added circa 1600, or perhaps earlier (has wall-painting which is said to date from circa 1580). Later 1-storey extension to L, outshut rear (C17 to W, and C18), and porch. Severely damaged by fire circa 1978.

Two storeys, rendered rubble walls, thatched roof, low end chimneys. S front has central doorway with Tudor arch, concealed by thatched entrance porch with stone seat. To L side, at eaves level, 2 small casement windows, at ground level two sash windows. To R of porch, first floor has 2 square sash windows, similar window at ground floor. Single storey extension at W end with slate roof, stack to L hand and window in front wall.


West ground floor room retains narrow circular stone stair with corbelled roof and original wooden arched doorframe (on N side of fireplace); timber ceiling with 4 plain chamfered beams with half-pyramid and hollow cut stops. E ground floor room retains stone stair with corbelled roof and segmentally arched wooden doorframe on N side of fireplace; 2 chamfered ceiling beams. Beside stair is wall-painting in ochre of female figure in C16 dress holding flowers, said to be Jane Andrew painted on occasion of her marriage in 1580. Roof restored after fire; chamfered purlins with ogee stops on E side of the house form the lintels of the windows.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* for exceptional interest of wall-painting, and as the oldest inhabited house in Barry.

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