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Quarry Hill House

A Grade II Listed Building in Rumney, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.519 / 51°31'8"N

Longitude: -3.1144 / 3°6'51"W

OS Eastings: 322776

OS Northings: 180594

OS Grid: ST227805

Mapcode National: GBR KZ5.LG

Mapcode Global: VH6F7.Y2XW

Plus Code: 9C3RGV9P+H7

Entry Name: Quarry Hill House

Listing Date: 13 January 1976

Last Amended: 27 June 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14087

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At the end of a short drive and looking S to playing fields at St Illtyd's RC school.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Rumney (Tredelerch)

Community: Rumney

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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Building of the house commenced in 1850, by Joseph Benjamin Hemingway, who died at Quarry Hill House in 1856 and is commemorated by a large monument in St Mellons churchyard close to S porch; he is described there as contractor, born in Dewsbury Yorkshire. Work completed by Matthew Cope; his descendant, the last private owner, Lord Cope, died 1948. House reported as having been gutted by fire before late C20 conversion to a nursing home with none of the C19 and early C20 features referred to in original list description surviving. Building was substantially extended before listing by the addition of a wing matching the original in style though not shown on a photograph of 1920. The balustraded parapet shown in this photograph and as described in list description now only comprises a vestigial baluster against the wall at each side. Coach-house and stable wings referred to in previous list description have been replaced by accommodation blocks.


Gentleman's residence converted to a nursing home. Entirely rendered with shallow pitched hipped Welsh slate roof, 2 yellow brick ridge stacks, boarded overhanging eaves; eaves band, end pilasters, plinth. Most windows are 18-pane sashes with narrow glazing bars, moulded architraves to ground floor, shaped sills to first floor. Entrance frontage of 3 bays has centre doorway with architrave and cornice on consoles, panelled door with overlight; large prostyle portico formerly with balustraded parapet, vestiges only remaining. Garden elevation (S) of 7 bays, though only 4 show on 1920 photo with the 2 outer bays projecting, each with hipped roof; ground floor windows to the 2 centre recessed bays are French casements with moulded architrave and cornice on consoles. 3-bay extension to W has similar windows and narrow ground floor doorway. N elevation has a recessed bay between the frontage gable end and a parallel wing; this bay contains a wide tripartite staircase window.


Interior completely refurbished after gutting by fire. Previous listing description refers to a cellar with flagged stone floor and cellar staircase.

Reasons for Listing

Listed notwithstanding loss of interior fittings as an imposing mid C19 gentleman's residence retaining its external character.

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