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Gwalia Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Overton, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9578 / 52°57'28"N

Longitude: -2.9519 / 2°57'6"W

OS Eastings: 336151

OS Northings: 340474

OS Grid: SJ361404

Mapcode National: GBR 77.KPGX

Mapcode Global: WH89C.MXJB

Entry Name: Gwalia Farmhouse

Listing Date: 15 March 1994

Last Amended: 15 March 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14476

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Close to the road on the corner with the lane leading south to Knolton Bryn.

County: Wrexham

Community: Overton (Owrtyn)

Community: Overton

Locality: Knolton

Traditional County: Flintshire

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History

Farmhouse, built in 2 distinct phases, with the earliest building, probably a C17 house, now formerly a subsidiary wing to the main part of house, which is a mid C19 construction, probably remodelling or replacing an earlier range.

Exterior

Original building (at right angles to the road) is timber framed with regular square panels, mostly with brick infill. Slate roof. It comprises a single storey with attic, 2 unit plan, and the panels have angle braces at each end and centrally. It is now lit only from the gable end, with inserted metal casement windows on each floor. Brick lean-to, rebuilt on the site of an earlier one, against E wall. Low gabled roof-line links this early range with the later extension of the house, and suggests that there had perhaps been an earlier wing on the site of the C19 present building. This is rendered over brick with slate roof; 2 storeyed, a 2-unit plan with central entrance in front elevation and central stair-window to rear. Doorway in added gabled porch, flanked by 2-pane sash windows with cambered heads on each floor. End wall stack.

Reasons for Listing

A good partial survival of an early farmhouse, with C19 extensions clearly showing the more ambitious standards of accommodation reflecting Overton’s prosperity in the C19. Group value with attractive black and white outbuilding range.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Byre/Stable Range at Gwalia Farm
    Parallel to the street, forming the S boundary of a yard to the E of Gwalia Farmhouse.
  • II Gwalia
    Set back from the road west of Gwalia Farm, alongside the track leading to Llan-y-Cefn.
  • II Ash Grove
    Towards the junction of the B5069 and the A528 Overton to Ellesmere Road.
  • II Barton's Bridge
    Carries the B5069 across the Shell Brook which forms the border between Wales and England and the counties of Clwyd and Shropshire. On a bend in the road, approximately 4km SW of Overton.
  • II Barton's Bridge
    Ellesmere Rural, Shropshire, SY12
  • II Farm-Buildings and Icehouse at Llan-y-Cefn
    Built against the slop on the approach of Llan-y-Cefn.
  • II* Llan-y-Cefn
    Approached by a track adjacent to Gwalia, and about 1 km from the road, above the River Dee.
  • II The Homestead
    In a narrow plot of land alongside a lane W of the main settlement of Knolton Bryn.

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