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Farm-building at Porthamel Farm

A Grade II Listed Building in Talgarth, Powys

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Latitude: 52.0086 / 52°0'30"N

Longitude: -3.2261 / 3°13'34"W

OS Eastings: 315937

OS Northings: 235170

OS Grid: SO159351

Mapcode National: GBR YX.HLD9

Mapcode Global: VH6BP.1SB3

Plus Code: 9C4R2Q5F+CH

Entry Name: Farm-building at Porthamel Farm

Listing Date: 14 August 1995

Last Amended: 14 August 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16303

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: Located W of the gatehouse and SW of the farmhouse, forming the N side of the early farmyard at Porthamel.

County: Powys

Community: Talgarth

Community: Talgarth

Locality: Porthamel

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Great Porthamel was the major medieval manor house of the area, built in the late C15, within a walled precinct, the seat of Sir William Vaughan, the first sheriff of the county. The farm building, probably of the C18 was probably originally a cowhouse, later used as stabling and now a workshop and store, and includes two reset medieval doorways, perhaps taken from the precinct wall.


Sandstone, with corrugated iron roof. Two storeys. 6 bays, extended to W with a 2-storey lean-to building, originally a granary, with external stair. Main door central on N side, with chamfered lintel, with a further blocked opening immediately to the E. Small ventilation slits, mostly blocked, and door to E gable also blocked. To rear, two re-set late medieval chamfered arched doorways, and two pitching doors above.


Tie and principal rafter trusses, with morticed collars missing. Upper floor is carried on a central runner supported at intervals by chamfered posts.

Reasons for Listing

Included for group value with the listed grade I and II* gatehouse and manorial house, and for its re-use of surviving medieval work.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • I Gatehouse to Great Porthamel
    Located axially on the approach to Great Porthamel farmhouse, below the NW side of the main road from Talgarth to Hay.
  • II* Great Porthamel Farmhouse
    Located below the scarp edge of the valley, facing S on the access of its medieval gatehouse.
  • II Milestone
    Located on the verge of the main road from Talgarth to Hay-on-Wye, near the turning to Great Porth-aml.
  • II* Bronllys Castle House (including Castle Cottage).
    Located within the inner bailey of Bronllys Castle, NNW of the motte.
  • I Keep at Bronllys Castle
    Located strategically near the crossing of the Llynfi River, perched on a motte approximately 6m high
  • II* Workshop and gallery at Bronllys Castle House
    Located to the SW of Bronllys Castle House, backing on to the turn of the former inner bailey of the castle, and forming the W side of the front lawns of the house.
  • II Milestone
    Milestone opposite Ty Arfon.
  • II The Elms
    Located off a driveway off Bronllys Road, behind a front orchard garden, and backing on to the newly cut Hay Road.

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