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House and Barn at Pen-yr-wyrlod

A Grade II Listed Building in The Vale of Grwyney (Cwm Grwyne), Powys

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Latitude: 51.8527 / 51°51'9"N

Longitude: -3.1 / 3°6'0"W

OS Eastings: 324329

OS Northings: 217694

OS Grid: SO243176

Mapcode National: GBR F2.TFN5

Mapcode Global: VH78Z.6PZL

Plus Code: 9C3RVV3X+3X

Entry Name: House and Barn at Pen-yr-wyrlod

Listing Date: 15 December 1994

Last Amended: 19 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15667

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Approximately 0.6km SE of Llangenny church on W side of a minor road between Penygilfach and Glangrwyne. Built into bank of road and with new house adjacent.

County: Powys

Community: The Vale of Grwyney (Cwm Grwyne)

Community: The Vale of Grwyney

Locality: Llangenny

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Early C17 house and barn with C18 improvements. The house was superseded when a new house was built at right angles to the earlier building c1803.


One-and-a-half storey former house with attached barn, forming a long range set into the slope. Battered walls of rubble sandstone (with traces of limewash), steeply-pitched slate roof with central stone stack. The house is at the uphill end and has a wide boarded door to L under an added gabled canopy, a former sash next R and a former casement window at the R end. Above is a single raking dormer. At the lower end is a central wagon bay doorway with double boarded doors, to R of which are external stone stairs to a loft doorway L of the stack. At L the end is a byre door with timber surround, and a ventilation slit upper L. (An added projection at the lower end is random rubble with a corrugated metal roof.) The R gable end of the house has an attic opening L of centre with timber stanchions.

To rear is a cross-passage doorway with C17 window to L. The barn has ventilation slits and an owl hole.


Entry is directly into the hall. The fireplace has stop-chamfered jambs and a timber bressumer that, unusually, has an integral moulded mantel shelf. Chamfered cross beams. The fireplace stair has been removed, and the space converted to a bread oven. A post-and-panel partition in the hall retains a 4-centred door head with its original door. The service rooms are also separated by a partition with an ovolo-moulded C17 door head, possibly reused. Part of an early door head is also reused in the rear door. The house has a 3-bay post-and-pad roof, the barn has a similar 3-bay collared roof.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as a well-preserved example of a sub-medieval dwelling, improved in C18, and retaining good internal detail.

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  • II Golden Grove
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  • II Llangenny Bridge
    On a minor road approximately 200m S of Llangenny church.
  • II Druid's Altar
    Prominently sited on high ground overlooking Grwyne river to E, and approximately 350m SSW of Llangenny church on S side of a minor road between Llangenny and Crickhowell.
  • II Drinking Fountain
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  • II 2 Church Cottages
    On S side of churchyard facing the school. No 2 is the right-hand half of a pair of cottages.
  • II 1 Church Cottages
    On S side of churchyard facing the school. No 1 is the left-hand half of a pair of cottages.
  • II Lych Gate at church of St Cenau, Llangenny
    On S side of churchyard facing the road.

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