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2 Grove Cottages

A Grade II Listed Building in Margam, Neath Port Talbot

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5627 / 51°33'45"N

Longitude: -3.7348 / 3°44'5"W

OS Eastings: 279846

OS Northings: 186300

OS Grid: SS798863

Mapcode National: GBR H5.DR9V

Mapcode Global: VH5H2.6ZXC

Entry Name: 2 Grove Cottages

Listing Date: 24 February 1975

Last Amended: 25 April 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14167

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located on the E side of the lane which leads to St Mary's Abbey Church. The W gable end of the building faces the road.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Port Talbot

Community: Margam

Community: Margam

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

A range in the position of the cottages is marked 'Smiths Shops' in a survey of 1814. The cottages were remodelled or rebuilt in the mid C19 to accommodate gardeners working on the Margam estate. No 2, the larger cottage was for a married gardener and no 3 for an unmarried gardener. Areas of early fabric suggest C17-18 origins, while some of the dressings may have been reused from the former Margam House. The rear wing to no 3 is later and is not shown on the Ordnance Survey of 1876. The cottages were modernised by West Glamorgan County Council in the early 1990s.

Exterior

Doorway is R of centre and symmetrically placed between flanking windows. Flat-headed Tudor doorway with chamfered limestone dressings. Heavy planked door with hinge down centre and iron strapwork. Small single-storey wing against E gable end with single light to front (originally for hanging bacon). Two gabled half-dormers to rear containing late C20 windows under flat stone lintels. Single-light windows below and further light offset between.

Interior

Straight stair opposite entrance, with rooms to L and R. The principal room to the L has a stone fireplace, possibly C17, with recess for a bakeoven. The lintel no longer survives. The smaller room to the E has a renewed cast iron fireplace. A door to the rear leads to a galley kitchen. The roof structure is C19.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well preserved pair of C19 estate cottages with earlier features. Group value with other nearby structures on the Margam estate.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II 3 Grove Cottages
    Located on the E side of the lane which leads to St Mary's Abbey Church. The W gable end of the building faces the road.
  • II Former Changing Room
    Located in front of the Citrus House and facing the ornamental pool which is to the SE.
  • II Citrus House
    The citrus house is prominently located in Margam Park to the NW of the orangery. It faces S towards the ornamental pool.
  • II Ornamental Pool
    In a prominent location in Margam Park, diagonally below the Orangery to the E and the citrus house to the N. Surrounded by lawn and tulip trees.
  • II Retaining Wall adjoining Citrus House
    The wall runs E and links the Citrus House with the almshouses and Ivy Cottage.
  • II Cwm Cottage
    On a track which runs R (close to A48 junction) off the lane to the abbey church. The track was formerly a road running along the S side of Margam Park, but is now a cul-de-sac.
  • II Middle Lodge
    Located on the N side of the road which leads to St Mary's Abbey Church. A further lane runs to the rear up towards Cwm Bach. In a slightly raised position with a retaining wall to the front.
  • II Kitchen Garden Walls including Vinery Glasshouse
    The kitchen garden wall forms the N boundary of the gardens and flanks the lane leading to the abbey. A wall at right angles runs S to the Vinery Glasshouse.

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