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A Grade II Listed Building in Kerry, Powys

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Latitude: 52.4991 / 52°29'56"N

Longitude: -3.2225 / 3°13'21"W

OS Eastings: 317104

OS Northings: 289726

OS Grid: SO171897

Mapcode National: GBR 9X.HM82

Mapcode Global: VH68C.3G70

Plus Code: 9C4RFQXG+JX

Entry Name: Snowfield

Listing Date: 12 September 1996

Last Amended: 12 September 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17298

Building Class: Domestic

Location: House located on high land on the S side of the Mule valley, accessed by a road leading approximately 0.7km off the S side of the A.489, W of Kerry.

County: Powys

Town: Newtown

Community: Kerry (Ceri)

Community: Kerry

Locality: Glan-Mule

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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The house, formerly the centre of a small estate, was built c1832-40 in a Waverley Gothic style for Edward Davies, a tea-planter, also of Philpot Lane, London, who probably had family connections in the district. The architect is not known, possibly Robert Lugar or J.C.Loudon. The plan is symmetrical, with a central square stair hall, with entrance lobbies front and back, and two rooms of similar size each side.


Brick, painted, with tiled roof and brick axial stacks. Two storeys, three bays, originally symmetrical about the recessed central bay, and extended to right by a further bay, gabled at end. Low pointed-headed moulded windows with hood moulding and stops, the windows with heavy decorated style tracery. Entrance was originally within the central bay, an arcade of triple arches, and with Gothic timber doors, the first floor originally recessed, as on rear, but brought forward and tile hung, forming a smaller gable with the original window reset. The rear elevation is in the original form, the triple arcade having a moulded string and small gable in front of the pent roof. Bargeboards probably replaced.


Gothic glazed screen to front and rear lobbies, with internal door to hall, the front altered. Open well stair around hall, the stair with stick balusters arched at the head, and curved soffit to each tread. Doorcases and doors of gothic pattern, with small coloured lights in the doorhead. Main reception rooms, on SE side, have elaborate wide coving with intersecting vaulting ribs to a central octagonal flat. The two service rooms on the NW have four cross beams on corbels. First floor rooms have pointed vaults, with small vaulted lobbies off a landing on 3 sides of the stair well, which also has small square vaults in each corner. Two original Gothic stone moulded fireplaces to first floor. Oak floors. A landing window, originally set forward in a pointed gable within the recess of the entrance side was later reset in a tile-hung front for a new room constructed in the recess over the entrance porch. The house was further extended on the service side in the 1950's in a matching idiom.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an unusual ingeniously planned and well detailed house in the Gothic style, unusual in the district.

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  • II Outbuilding at Snowfield
    Located facing the house on the NE side.
  • II Upper Trefeen
    The farmhouse is located on a minor road leading S off the A.489 Kerry to Churchstoke road, approximately 1.6km E of Glanmule crossroads. The house stands on elevated ground.
  • II Cwm-dirgel
    In an isolated position at the base of the Kerry ridge. Located at the end of a track from Lower Trefeen and Cwmydrefor farms, south of the A489 approximately 3.5km to the east of Kerry
  • II Smithy at the corner of the Abermiwl and Churchstoke roads
    The house occupies the triangle of land between the two roads.
  • II Glan-Mule bridge
    Located just N of the road junction with the A.489 in the hamlet of Glan-Mule.
  • II Brook Cottage
    Located approximately 3km E of Kerry, off the S side and within the cluster of estate buildings at Sawmill, by the side of the brook which passes through the front garden.
  • II The Old Court
    Located approximately 150m to the east of the B4368 from Kerry to Abermule, just to the south of the hamlet of Hodley.
  • II 6 Springfield including Glanmiheli with garden and yard walls
    Located on the SW side of the minor road from Kerry to Sawmill, approximately 1km from the centre of Kerry.

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