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Wattstown Hotel

A Grade II Listed Building in Ynyshir, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Latitude: 51.6341 / 51°38'2"N

Longitude: -3.4193 / 3°25'9"W

OS Eastings: 301865

OS Northings: 193761

OS Grid: ST018937

Mapcode National: GBR HM.86M1

Mapcode Global: VH6DH.P664

Plus Code: 9C3RJHMJ+J7

Entry Name: Wattstown Hotel

Listing Date: 27 September 1996

Last Amended: 27 September 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17335

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Situated on the NW boundary of the community on the bank of the Rhondda Fach with Wattstown rising steeply above on the hill to N.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Community: Ynyshir (Ynys-hir)

Community: Ynyshir

Locality: Wattstown

Built-Up Area: Porth

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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c1900. Hotel built to serve the community of Wattstown which developed round the National Colliery sunk in 1881. The hotel appears not to have been functioning by the time of the 1891census; a Goods Station for the Taff Vale Railway was formerly close by.


Of coursed rockfaced sandstone with yellow brick dressings and chimneys with yellow pots, Welsh slate roof with formerly end stacks, 1 now missing, and 1 centre front: rendered to side. A 3 storey plain rectangular building. Five window range of; on first floor, 4 pane margin glazed sashes with decorative yellow brick surrounds and stone keystones and flush sills, the spaces between sills interspersed with ventilator grilles; similar smaller windows above; ground floor has mainly 8 pane sashes with glazing bars of unequal thickness and centre right a cambered arched doorway with 4 panelled margin glazed door and engraved glass overlight 'The Wattstown Hotel'. Side right rendered with 1 small margin glazed light and 1 inserted later; side left has a 2 window range of mostly margin glazed horned sashes with central doorway with renewed door; shallow rendered rear 3 and 2 storey cross wing.


Mostly retains original layout with central hall and staircase and many furnishings including shutters, moulded door surrounds, 4 panelled doors, glazed swing doors, some dado rails, ceiling mouldings and black marble fireplace.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a scarce example of a mainly unaltered colliery hotel of simple but generously proportioned design built to serve a small late C19 mining community.

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