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A Grade II Listed Building in Berriew, Powys

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Latitude: 52.5835 / 52°35'0"N

Longitude: -3.2211 / 3°13'16"W

OS Eastings: 317358

OS Northings: 299105

OS Grid: SO173991

Mapcode National: GBR 9X.B7MD

Mapcode Global: WH7B1.HBB9

Plus Code: 9C4RHQMH+9G

Entry Name: Cefn-Dreboeth

Listing Date: 21 August 1995

Last Amended: 21 August 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16360

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Above the Llifior valley, and approached via a lane leading from a by-road connecting the Berriew-Bettws Cedewain road and the A483, S of Garthmyl.

County: Powys

Community: Berriew (Aberriw)

Community: Berriew

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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A substantial timber framed farmhouse, with main range and cross wing to W. Probably late C16-early C17 in origin, with alterations dated 1688: these appear to have involved raising the height of the building, and the insertion of a staircase. More recent extensions have not obscured the basic C17 character of the house.


Largely rendered externally, with the box-framed construction exposed in the E wall and NE gable, where there is painted brick panel infill. Slate roof and brick axial stacks. E wall framing shows that earliest construction is irregularly framed with square panels (several of the timbers appear to have been replaced); the building was later raised slightly in height, with a new roof alignment incorporating a jettied gable to the NE: this is dated on the tie-beam, 1688: decorative framing including quatrefoil panels and scissor-braces above the collar. S facing elevation partially obscured by conservatory of c1980, and openings appear to be largely renewed: French doors to left, against the cross wing, and 4-light casement window to the right. Wide dormer to the left, with 3-light window. Cross wing has doorway to the right, and 3-light casement windows on each floor, the lower window with transom. Later extensions against N and W walls.


2-unit main range with axial stack; cross wing divided by an axial stack to form one large room with a smaller room backing onto the stack at the rear. Staircase in cross wing alongside the stack, probably contemporary with the raising of the house in 1688: turned balusters, moulded newels and rail. Principal rooms in cross wing and in main range both have deep bar-stopped beams panelling the ceiling, and chamfered joists running in alternate directions in each panel. Fireplace bressumer in kitchen (at E) has billet moulding. 2 trusses of the early roof-line visible over the main range upstairs.

Reasons for Listing

Although there have been alterations to the exterior of the house, in its internal layout and detail, and where the framing is exposed externally, it retains the character of a C17 vernacular house of some quality.

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  • II Gwern Goch
    1km approx. W of Garthmyl, on a by-road that links the Berriew-Bettws Cedewain road, and the A483, S of Garthmyl.
  • II Ty'n-y-Coed Farmhouse
    Above the road leading from Berriew to Bettws Cedewain 2.5km approx. SW of Berriew.
  • II Pied House
    Prominently sited above the Llifior Brook, overlooking the Severn valley, and approached via a by-road which leaves the main A483 1km approx. S of Garthmyl.
  • II Llifior Mill
    On the Llifior Brook, approx 1km S of Garthmyl.
  • II Cefn Garthmyl Farmhouse
    Approx 1km NW of Garthmyl approached via a track from a by-road connecting the Berriew-Bettws Cedewain road and the A483 S of Garthmyl.
  • II* Stable Block at Vaynor Park
  • II Garden Terraces at Vaynor Park
    Alongside the house to the S, and forming the S boundary of the courtyard to its W.
  • II Coach House, Gate Piers, Gated and Flanking Wall at Vaynor Park
    The coach house is at right-angles to the stable block, to which it is linked by the walls flanking the gates giving access to the service courtyard to the N of the house.

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