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Upper Maestorglwydd Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Brecon, Powys

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Latitude: 52.0281 / 52°1'41"N

Longitude: -3.1439 / 3°8'38"W

OS Eastings: 321613

OS Northings: 237254

OS Grid: SO216372

Mapcode National: GBR F0.GGS4

Mapcode Global: VH6BQ.G992

Plus Code: 9C4R2VH4+7C

Entry Name: Upper Maestorglwydd Farmhouse

Listing Date: 20 June 1995

Last Amended: 20 June 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16122

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The house stands adjacent to a small group of farm buildings at the top end of a private track.

County: Powys

Community: Llanigon

Community: Llanigon

Locality: Maestorglwydd

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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The house was built as a hall and cross-wing, in two phases, no doubt the replacement of an earlier one on the site. The cross-wing dates from the mid or late C17, and has a fireplace with stairs adjacent at the back of it; its front room was formerly a dairy with a stone salting slab. The date of the front or hall range is less certain, but it is probably the earlier. It retains a cross-passage of which the partition on the 'upper' (N) side is early, the other is C19. Built on falling ground, with the farm buildings below the house, this could be a former long-house. The former hall has late C18 ceiling beams and may have remained open until then, those over the 'lower' end are probably C17. The recent reroofing with Welsh slate replaces asbestos and some stone slate, and eliminates a valley between the 2 ranges.


Coursed stone rubble, partly rendered, slate roofs; 2 storeys, semi-detached from lean-to shed on W.
N, 2 & 3-light wood & metal casements, C19 & C20, those of main range segmental-arched; LH gable window in original opening; door early C20 panelled & glazed; stone chimney rebuilt. E, one window under stone label, C20 metal casements, & rooflights. S, original stone chimney on gable of wing, blocked stairlights adjacent; main range, 2 C20 wooden casement windows under old timber lintels, that on ground floor replaces original door; door in wing C19 planks under older timber lintel.


Main build, doors C19 plank; exposed ceiling beams; staircase C18/19. Wing, doors C19 plank & C20, chamfered ceiling beams throughout ground floor; large fireplace, stone & timber lintel; stairs with stone treads & plain doorframe; front room, flagstone floor. On upper floor, main build fittings early C20; cross-wing has original doorframe in truss between builds.

Reasons for Listing

Upper Maestorglwydd, though altered externally, is a historic house of 2 dates in the 17th century or earlier, belonging to one of the three Maestorglwydd farms.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Middle Maestorglwydd Barn
    The barn stands adjacent and at an angle to the lane, some 250 metres NNE of Middle Maestorglwydd.
  • II* Middle Maestorglwydd House
    The house stands set back from the lane and at an angle to it, roughly opposite traditional farm buildings and attached to another.
  • II Wainhouse at Lower Maertorglwydd
    The wainhouse stands on the edge of the farm buildings and is separated from the others to W by the lane.
  • II Barn at Lower Maestorglwydd
    The barn stands within the group of farm buildings; if forms an L-shape with the listed cowshed and has a later single-storey stone shed against its N end.
  • II Cowshed at Lower Maestorglwydd
    The cowshed stands detached from the house and at one end of it.
  • II Lower Maestorglwydd
  • II Wenallt-Uchaf
    The house stands high on the Wenallt at the top of a long track, partly private, overlooking a valley.
  • II Cefn Farmhouse
    Located behind farmbuildings, on the NW facing slope of the hill rising on to Common bychan. The house is attached to other farm buildings, at the upper end of a small rectangular farmyard.

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