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Michaelmas Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Penally, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.6598 / 51°39'35"N

Longitude: -4.7233 / 4°43'24"W

OS Eastings: 211734

OS Northings: 199178

OS Grid: SS117991

Mapcode National: GBR GD.SJ2J

Mapcode Global: VH2PS.2JTZ

Plus Code: 9C3QM75G+WM

Entry Name: Michaelmas Cottage

Listing Date: 26 April 1996

Last Amended: 26 April 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16913

Building Class: Education

Location: 40 m W of Penally Church, built into a steep bank at the W edge of the churchyard.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Penally (Penalun)

Community: Penally

Locality: Penally Village

Built-Up Area: Penally

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History: Built on old foundations in 1820 as the schoolmaster's house by the Vicar, Rev. J Hughes. The old building adjoining at its rear was altered to serve as the new school, superceding an earlier school of 1804. The school and schoolroom were said to be 'on ecclesiastical ruins'. The lowest 2m of the cottage front, in limestone, is probably masonry retained from the 'ruins'. The school functioned until the new National School in the village was opened in 1873. The buildings were the property of the Church in Wales until c.1965 when they were bought by Penally parish. At this time the house was given its present name.

Description: Small two-storey cottage with range of two windows and central door, facing N. Random rubble masonry of local stone with selected better quality stones in the front elevation. Quoins and window dressings formed of larger blocks of limestone, creating a colour contrast. Slate roof with tile ridge and brick end-chimneys, capped. The windows are distinctive features of the cottage. Tall, inward-opening casements with margin lights. Painted sills and lintels. Double front doors, each leaf being a single panel. Plain semi-elliptical fanlight under a painted arch. Three steps to the doors.

The basement of the building consists of two rooms, one a cellar used with the cottage, and the other a space reached by a trapdoor from the churchyard.

Listed as an early C19 schoolmaster's cottage which retains its original character, on a site of archaeological importance within the ancient churchyard. It also has group value with the Church.

References: Inquiry into Education in Wales (1847), pp. 98, 190, 393;
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  • II The Cottage
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  • II Giltar Lodge
    75 m S of Penally Church, on a corner site. There is a railed area either side of the entrance and along the W side.
  • II Ruins in Grounds of Penally Court
    30 m NW of Penally Court Farmhouse, and adjacent to the main street of the village.
  • II Cross Inn
    Facing a minor street 100 m SW of Penally Church. At the front is a small terrace with a stone wall, reached from the road by a short flight of steps.
  • II Jubilee Fountain
    At the point where the road from the Ridgeway meets the main street of Penally, 100 m S of the Church.
  • II Abbey Hotel
    150 m N of Penally Church. The house stands in extensive grounds. There is a terrace along the garden front with a crenellated wall. Behind the house is a stable building now converted to guest accom
  • II St Deiniol's Well
    A well located beside the lane at the W of the Abbey Hotel. It is immediately opposite the garage of the house named Corn Mwg.

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