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Whole House Farmhouse including attached Farm Building

A Grade II Listed Building in Talgarth, Powys

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Latitude: 51.9672 / 51°58'1"N

Longitude: -3.2397 / 3°14'22"W

OS Eastings: 314929

OS Northings: 230583

OS Grid: SO149305

Mapcode National: GBR YW.L91B

Mapcode Global: VH6BV.STPB

Plus Code: 9C3RXQ86+V4

Entry Name: Whole House Farmhouse including attached Farm Building

Listing Date: 14 August 1995

Last Amended: 14 August 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16304

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located on a platform site on the lower NW slope of the hill, below the minor road from Trewalkin to Llangors, facing SSW into the farmyard.

County: Powys

Community: Talgarth

Community: Talgarth

Locality: Rhiw-Las

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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The farm was probably part of the estate of Gunter of Trefeca. Detailed analysis indicates that it has some 5 phases, the rear wing is an earlier and structurally independent building, probably late medieval with open hall. The second phase is of the early C17, the building of the main house and byre in a longhouse form, when the chimney and floor were inserted together with a post and panel partition. Later, in mid C17 or perhaps 1682 the date on a reused lintel in the farm buildings, the porch was added and windows renewed. Further alterations took place in the C18 and the roof pitch was subsequently lowered.


Farmhouse of c1625-1650, whitewashed stone with slate roof. Two storeys, hall and parlour, with 2-storey porch at the lower end of hall, and short extension to rear, continued by lower outbuildings. W of the porch, a 2-storey cowhouse, and a 1-bay farm building. Ovolo moulded lintel to timber frame to the originally open external opening of porch, now provided with a C20 door. Internal porch door boarded, with cavetto moulded cover strips and studded, with original ironwork, set to an ovolo moulded frame. Side benches. C20 casement windows in openings, each having a monolithic drip course with dropped ends.
Attached at lower end the cowhouse, unpainted stone with corrugated iron roof. Two or 3 phases, three doors and two openings to the loft. At end, a further lower farm building with door and window openings. A diamond mullioned window on the rear wall.


Gable stack by entrance to hall with oven of two phases, wide fire lintel and wooden stair to rear. Central cross beam with ogee stops. Inner room/parlour also has chamfered cross beam with run-out stops and gable stack at upper end, cut into bank of hill. On the first floor the room over the porch has a recess in the SE wall. Ovolo moulded window in the NW wall with wood mullions, now a cupboard, with re-used C17 panelling as doors. Roof trusses have tenoned collars, the principals set on beams with run-out stops, probably replacing the originals when the roof was raised. Original 3-light window in the rear wall, with ovolo frame and mullions. Stone fireplace to gable wall on megalithic jambs and broach stops. A recess at the side was probably a recess for a stair, later converted to a seed-corn drying kiln.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a substantial and well preserved C17 farmhouse.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Barn at Upper Penllanafal
    Situated NE of Llangors on high ground, on N side of the lane leading towards the mountains, near the farmhouse, and near NE community boundary.
  • II Byre at Upper Penllanafal
    Stands NE of Llangors on high ground on S side of the lane leading towards the mountains, adjacent to the farmhouse and near NE community boundary.
  • I Trefecca Fawr
    Located south of Trefeca hamlet, on a minor lane, approximately 100m from its junction with B.4560 Talgarth to Llangors road.
  • II Boundary Marker Stone
    Located at the intersection of bridleways at the NW end of Mynydd Troed; at the boundary between Talgarth and Llangors communities.
  • II Barn at Gwrlodde adjoining Old Farmhouse at Gwrlodde
    Located on the NE facing slope, on the W side of the farmyard, and added to the gable end of the extension at the kitchen end of Gwrlodde farmhouse.
  • II Old Farmhouse at Gwrlodde
    Located on a NE facing slope, on the S side of its farmyard, with access by farm road off the minor road from Talgarth to Pengenffordd. The farmhouse is on a cut platform on the upper end of the slop
  • II Detached Farm Building at Gwrlodde
    Located on the NE facing slope, on the E side of the farmyard, lying some 20m E of the E gable end of the farmhouse.
  • II Crickie (also known as Crugiau) farmhouse including in-line farm range
    In an isolated position NNE of Llangorse on land sloping down to Nant Cwy and reached by a long farm track.

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