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Rectangular Shelter in the grounds of Pen-y-fal

A Grade II Listed Building in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.8236 / 51°49'24"N

Longitude: -3.0093 / 3°0'33"W

OS Eastings: 330537

OS Northings: 214369

OS Grid: SO305143

Mapcode National: GBR F6.W662

Mapcode Global: VH796.SFHC

Plus Code: 9C3RRXFR+C7

Entry Name: Rectangular Shelter in the grounds of Pen-y-fal

Listing Date: 15 June 1992

Last Amended: 10 November 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15759

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Between the main (south-west) elevation of Pen-y-fal Apartments and the drive. Surrounded by lawns near the main entrance approach.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Abergavenny

Community: Abergavenny (Y Fenni)

Community: Abergavenny

Locality: Pen-y-fal

Built-Up Area: Abergavenny

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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Contemporary with the early C20 expansion of the hospital (qv Pen-y-fal Apartments) which was first built in the mid C19 as the Joint County Lunatic Asylum. Considerable new building was done here in 1901-4 and 1910 designed by Edward Johnson. Public Health Acts and reforms had created the requirement to provide institutionalised people with the opportunity for outdoor recreation. These shelters are probably prefabricated designs bought from a catalogue. They were commonly provided in Asylums at this time and were also used in all kinds of public parks and promenades.


Spa or seaside style rectangular timber shelter with gabled roof, covered with new broadly corrugated steel sheeting and with ironwork cresting. Each side has three cambered openings, broader and full height to centre; otherwise boarded below and mullioned openings above on the long sides. Pillars dividing the bays have guttae and fluting. Planked benches to seating areas on all four sides.

Reasons for Listing

Included for group value with Pen-y-Fal Hospital and the associated historic items.

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