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Former Hall Range to S of Old Beaupre Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfair (Llan-fair), Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.4383 / 51°26'17"N

Longitude: -3.4273 / 3°25'38"W

OS Eastings: 300887

OS Northings: 172001

OS Grid: ST008720

Mapcode National: GBR HL.NQLW

Mapcode Global: VH6FG.J3ZQ

Plus Code: 9C3RCHQF+83

Entry Name: Former Hall Range to S of Old Beaupre Castle

Listing Date: 22 September 1995

Last Amended: 22 September 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16416

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located immediately to the S of S range of Old Beaupre Castle, aligned on N/S axis.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Llanfair (Llan-fair)

Community: Llanfair

Locality: Old Beaupre

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Substantial fortified manor house dating from the C14 to the early C17, now primarily a roofless ruin in State guardianship. The Bassett family occupied the site from the first recorded references in 1262. During the occupancy of Sir Rice Mansel during the C16 the house was extended and developed; the outer gatehouse, the enclosure of the middle court and the later storeyed porch to the central range were erected in 1586 and 1600 respectively. In the C17 the Bassett family abandoned Beaupre in favour of the smaller nearby Fishweir. However, there is evidence of partial habitation during the early C18 with blocked fireplaces and windows in attempts at tax avoidance. The manor was sold in 1709. The building became progressively ruinous with only the SE block continuing to be inhabited as a farmhouse to the present day. The former hall has C14 origins. Probably the first floor hall or solar to the earliest building on the site. The history of the house is fully documented in the RCAHMW Inventory. Modern restoration.


Elevations of coursed limestone rubble. The N elevation retains the early C14 window of two transomed lights with trefoiled heads and sunk spandrels beneath a relieving arch in dressed Sutton stone. Plain chamfers. Beneath this window is a doorway with a round timber head. The first floor of the E elevation appears to have been rebuilt and has three rooflights and two pent dormers. Three massive, battered buttresses, also in rubble, with later openings. The S elevation has two modified window openings, the lower one retaining E jamb and cill of dressed Sutton stone. To W end of S gable is a substantial, projecting rubble stack. To W elevation is a modern doorway at the S end and Single, square-headed light on N side. A projecting tall square stack to N end with pyramidal capping. To its N is an original opening with two-centred head formed by a relieving arch of voussoirs.


The ground floor retains two early fireplaces, at the S end, W corner is a projecting hood with plain jambs, whilst on the W wall retains an early timber lintol and herringbone stonework to the back wall. The first floor is a modern re-introduction set at a higher level than the original. The N window has splayed reveals with evidence of a window seat. The window retains evidence of shutters to each light. At the S end is a niche. No other features remain.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II for its surviving interest as a rare example of a medieval hall from the first phase of development at Old Beaupre.

Scheduled Ancient Monument GM1 (part)

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • I Old Beaupre Castle
    Located approximately 2km SW of St Hilary on the E bank of the river Thaw, set on a platformed site, with pedestrian access from St Hilary to St Mary Church road to NW, opposite Howe Mill Farm.
  • II* Old Beaupre Farmhouse
    Located at the SE corner of Old Beaupre Castle, attached to the E end of the S range of the ruined manor house, aligned on a N/S axis.
  • II Old Beaupre Barn
    Located to the SE of Old Beaupre Castle, within a field approximately 100m S of the farmhouse, aligned on a NE/SW axis.
  • II Old Rectory
    Located immediately to the North of St Mary Church, within the centre of the village.
  • II Parish Church of St Mary
    Located at the centre of St Mary Church village.
  • II Barn at Fishweir
    Located approximately 2km South East of the village of St Mary Church on the Tre-Aubrey to Llanmaes Road. Set down a long track leading south to the Fishweir farm group.
  • II Fishweir Farmhouse
    Located 2km SE of the village of St Mary Church village on the Tre-Aubrey to Llanmaes Road, from which a driveway leads south to the property.
  • II New Beaupre
    Located W of the village of St Hilary at the end of a long unmetalled private drive, running W through Coed y Tor. Aligned on a SE/NW axis.

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