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The Gatehouse (including attached boundary walls)

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4468 / 51°26'48"N

Longitude: -3.4477 / 3°26'51"W

OS Eastings: 299489

OS Northings: 172975

OS Grid: SS994729

Mapcode National: GBR HK.N5HV

Mapcode Global: VH6F8.6W6R

Entry Name: The Gatehouse (including attached boundary walls)

Listing Date: 16 December 1952

Last Amended: 22 September 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13421

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On higher ground close to Llandough Castle, in the centre of the village and approached along a narrow lane.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Llanfair (Llan-fair)

Community: Llanfair

Locality: Llandough Castle

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Probably later C15: constructed as SW angle to the square, fortified courtyard of the (rebuilt) castle belonging to the Herberts of Raglan. Adapted in the late C16 as a gatehouse for the Castle when held by the Carne family. Some later alterations.

Exterior

Small rectangular three storey stone tower with a narrow cross-gabled projection for stairs on E side and buttress (?) on W side; S wall incorporated into crenellated boundary wall. Battered base, freestone dressings, gable stone slate roofs with two low rubble stacks; S gable jettied over eaves with wall plates, timber-mullioned window under collar. Two-light stone- mullioned windows, mostly with rectangular stone hoods: assorted slit openings, putlog holes to S face. Small chamfered archway with modern (?) timber studded doors give access to former entrance passage.

Modern single storey extension with stone slate roof to E of staircase projection is concealed behind an attached boundary wall; ball finial gate piers and gates to Llandough Castle adjoining. To left, the crenellated boundary wall returns back along the lane to end at W entry to Llandough Castle.

Interior

Retains C16 ground floor arrangement with cross-wall flanking entrance passage, inner arch with broach stops. Pointed chamfered arch with stops to ground floor room. Very steep stone stair in two sections (curved to lower part) along S side, corbelled "vaults" over. First floor room with re-used chamfered beams and arched chimney surround. Top floor with "A" frame roof trusses (re-used): roof space above stair is fitted out as a dovecote.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II* as a late medieval building, formerly the gatehouse to Llandough Castle.

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