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Post Office Stores

A Grade II Listed Building in Berriew, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5698 / 52°34'11"N

Longitude: -3.2117 / 3°12'42"W

OS Eastings: 317969

OS Northings: 297572

OS Grid: SO179975

Mapcode National: GBR 9X.C3YL

Mapcode Global: WH7B1.MNTT

Entry Name: Post Office Stores

Listing Date: 21 August 1995

Last Amended: 21 August 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16365

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Alongside the main Welshpool-Newtown Road at Fron, and with the Montgomeryshire Canal immediately to the rear.

County: Powys

Community: Berriew (Aberriw)

Community: Berriew

Locality: Fron

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History

Possibly built as a farmhouse and public house, as a single development associated with the Montgomeryshire Canal, where there was a wharf to the rear of the buildings. The stretch of canal between Garthmyl and Newtown was built between 1815 and 1819/20, and it is likely that these buildings immediately post-date construction, c1820-30. The former public house later became a shop and post office, and is still used as a small shop.

Exterior

Brick with slate roofs, with broad overhanging eaves and brick axial and end wall stacks. 2 storeys, the 2 buildings comprise a 5-window range, and each is symmetrically planned with a central entrance. Moulded architraves with slim brackets to entablature hood of both doorways, with 6-panelled door to farmhouse to right, and glazed panelled doorway to shop. Traceried overlights. Flanking windows are small-paned iron casements with mullions and transoms, with interlaced tracery in the upper lights (but later canted bay window to right of doorway in farmhouse). Similar windows to first floor, including a 2-light window over the door of the wider farmhouse. Stressed brick quoins to window surrounds, and rubbed brick heads. Brick angle quoins. Tan y Fron has iron railings with twisted finials enclosing the front garden.

Reasons for Listing

A building of considerable character, which retains almost all its original external detail; the traceried glazing is a particularly fine example of its type.

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