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Lower cil Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Berriew, Powys

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Latitude: 52.6061 / 52°36'21"N

Longitude: -3.2085 / 3°12'30"W

OS Eastings: 318255

OS Northings: 301604

OS Grid: SJ182016

Mapcode National: GBR 9X.8YJ6

Mapcode Global: WH79V.PRBH

Plus Code: 9C4RJQ4R+CH

Entry Name: Lower cil Farmhouse

Listing Date: 21 August 1995

Last Amended: 21 August 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16363

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Set back on the E side of the Castle Caereinion Road, beyond Cil Chapel, 1km approx. NW of Berriew village.

County: Powys

Community: Berriew (Aberriw)

Community: Berriew

Locality: Cil

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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The earliest part of the house may be early C16 and was probably a small 3-unit hall-house. This was extended c1600-1620 by the insertion of an axial chimney - possibly into an original parlour bay - and the addition of a storeyed entrance porch and new 2-storeyed parlour bay to the right. Rear wing probably late C18 or early C19.


The earliest part of the building is the left hand section: roughcast rendered over timber frame (originally square panelled); One and a half storeyed, with dormer windows in the roof. The later storeyed porch backing onto the stack and 2-storeyed right hand bay are lime-washed over close studded timber framing to front elevation, with some decorative timber work in the apex of the porch. Framed in square panels to the rear, which has a higher roof line than the earlier hall. Graded slate roofs throughout; central brick axial stack, comprising 3 star-shaped brick shafts. Porch has chamfered and roughly formed arched entrance, with chamfered inner doorway retaining original studded door with wrought iron hinges and lock plate. Turned rails to open sides of porch. Its upper storey is slightly jettied out, with small 2-light casement window. Renewed 4-light wood mullioned and transomed windows with small leaded panes flank the porch, with 2-light casement windows in paired dormer windows to the left, and a 3-light wood mullioned window in the slightly jettied upper storey to the right. Outshut to rear of stack. Rear wing is mainly brick, with some timbering of thin scantling.


Parts of the square panelled framing of the early house are visible internally: it appears to have had a 3-unit plan comprising a central hall with 2 service rooms to the left (on site of present store rooms: blocked screens-passage doorways still discernable) and may have had a parlour to the right, lost when the present axial chimney and C17 extension was added. Deep chamfers with stepped stops to paired axial beams of central hall which also has stop-chamfered joists); queen post truss exposed in outer gable. Arched braces to tie beams of 2 internal trusses (the tie beams cut through by later doorways). Wind braces to single purlins. C17 bay has narrower chamfers with bar stops to paired axial beams. Staircase to rear of fireplace, probably a C18 or C19 insertion.

Reasons for Listing

A timber framed house of exceptional quality which displays a development pattern of considerable interest, as a C16 hall house was transformed into a typical Severn Valley house type of the early C17.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Cil Chapel
    On the W side of the B4385 Castle Caereinion Road, 1km approx. NW of Berriew village.
  • II Stable Block at Rhiewport
    Set back to the left of the house at Rhiewport.
  • II Rhiewport
    Set back in grounds to the N of the road from Berriew village to Manafon, 1.5 approx. W of Berriew village.
  • II Former Joiners Workshop at Rhiewport
    Set back in the garden to the E of the main house at Rhiewport.
  • II* The Vicarage
    Set back from the road as it bends away from the centre of the village to follow the river Rhiw.
  • II Rhiewport Cottage
    Alongside the B4390 road to Manafon, just beyond Rhiewport, 1.5km. approx W of Berriew village.
  • II The Farmhouse
    Opposite the junction of the B4390 (Pool Road) with the B4385 at the centre of the village, in a garden notable for its topiary.
  • II Allsorts
    On the west side of the short length of road that connects the B4390 and the B4385 in the centre of Berriew, backing onto the River Rhiw.

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