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Great House with Forecourt Walls & Gatepiers

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

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Latitude: 51.4553 / 51°27'19"N

Longitude: -3.4566 / 3°27'23"W

OS Eastings: 298889

OS Northings: 173935

OS Grid: SS988739

Mapcode National: GBR HK.MH8L

Mapcode Global: VH6F8.1PH6

Plus Code: 9C3RFG4V+49

Entry Name: Great House with Forecourt Walls & Gatepiers

Listing Date: 17 May 1988

Last Amended: 16 September 1999

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13424

Building Class: Domestic

Location: About 100m SW of bridge over River Thaw.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Cowbridge with Llanblethian (Y Bont-faen a Llanfleiddan)

Community: Cowbridge with Llanblethian

Locality: Llanblethian

Built-Up Area: Cowbridge

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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A house which originated around 1600, with some C17 enlargement, but the present appearance dates to C18. Dates of 1703 on facade, and 1710 on kitchen fireplace. Initials "TW" refer to Thomas Wilkins, a noted local lawyer.


Rendered, slate roof, 4 stone stacks. Two-storey, three unit frontage with projecting gabled 5-window centre block, 2-window wings also with gables. Semi-circular headed sash to centre gable, sundial over, oval window to each side wing gable, other windows are square headed sashes with glazing bars, moulded stone architraves. Central panelled door, wooden doorcase with pediment on scroll brackets. Chamfered quoins to ends and centre unit. Stone-walled garden forecourt, pair of square stone gatepiers fronted by small stone foot-bridge over stream.


Entrance doorway leads to lobby against central chimney. Hall to R, and kitchen beyond in wing; parlour to L, and dining room beyond in wing. Wooden stair to rear of parlour; stone stair to rear of chimney. Early C18 panelling in parlour. Kitchen fireplace with date of 1710.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as particularly fine and well-detailed C17 and C18 house, preserving its character to remarkable degree.

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