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Kemeys Folly

A Grade II Listed Building in Langstone, Newport

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6254 / 51°37'31"N

Longitude: -2.8909 / 2°53'27"W

OS Eastings: 338424

OS Northings: 192223

OS Grid: ST384922

Mapcode National: GBR JB.8TSQ

Mapcode Global: VH7B7.VD1S

Entry Name: Kemeys Folly

Listing Date: 19 December 1995

Last Amended: 19 December 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17072

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: Located on the crest of the steep escarpement of Kemeys Graig, immediately S of Kemeys Manor. Aligned on a NE/SW axis.

County: Newport

Community: Langstone

Community: Langstone

Locality: Kemeys Inferior

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

Originally built in 1722 by George Kemeys of Kemeys Manor, as a hunting lodge. Rebuilt in 1911-12 by T E Watson following a severe fire, as a memorial to John Lawrence and Horton Addams Williams.

Exterior

Folly in Baronial style. Rectangular in plan. Three storey tower with embattled parapet rising from a corbel table. Four storey stair turret corbelled from first floor rises on the SE corner. Elevations of coursed local limestone rubble. Entered on the front (S) elevation via a large oak boarded door. This elevation is three windows wide. Memorial plaque above front door, set beneath stair turret as it corbels out. Windows to the second storey are square with Bathstone dressings. To the first floor are pairs of windows with similar dressings. The N, E and W elevations are lit only at second floor level by square windows set beneath the corbel table. All fenestration is modern. Modern single storey extensions to ground floor on NE and SW elevations.

Interior

Tightly winding spiral staircase rises from the hallway to the roof with Elizabethan Revival style oak newels and splat balusters. Dining room has plasterwork frieze running around the room at high level depicting hunting scenes with trees, men on horseback, dogs and boar. Plaster diamond lozenges to ceiling in C17 style. The principal bedroom on the first floor has decorative ribbed plaster ceiling in Elizabethan style with stylised flowers with pendants linked by plaster ribs. Principal rooms have stone four-centred C17 style fire surrounds with foliate spandrels.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II as a good example of a picturesque folly with historical associations.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Kemeys Manor
    Set on the E side of the A449. Located on the W slope of the steep escarpement of Kemeys Graig, immediately to the S of the A449. Set at the end of a long private drive overlooking the River Usk on a
  • II Barn to N of Kemeys Manor
    Set on the E side of the A449. Located on the W slope of the steep escarpement of Kemeys Graig, immediately to the S of the A449. Accessed from Kemeys Farm, adjoining Kemeys Manor. Set at the end o
  • II Old Kemeys
    Located on the W slope of the steep escarpment of Kemeys Graig, immediately to the E of the A449. Set at the end of a long private drive from the lane leading between Llantrissent and Langstone.
  • II Barn at Old Kemeys
    Located immediately to the NE of Old Kemeys Farmhouse on the W slope of Kemeys Graig, immediately to the E of the A449. Aligned on a E/W axis.
  • II Garn Fawr (or Upper Garn)
    On the west side of the minor road which follows the course of the river Usk from Tredunnock to Llanhennock and set above it on a north-east facing hillside.
  • II Double Limekiln
    On the roadside of the minor road which follows the course of the river Usk from Tredunnock to Llanhennock.
  • II Great House
    On the west side of the minor road which follows the course of the river Usk from Tredunnock to Llanhennock and set above it on a east facing hillside.
  • II Combination Farmbuilding to north of Great House
    Immediately across the yard on the west side of the house.

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