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Ruins adjacent to Church Hill Cottage, Ruin A

A Grade II Listed Building in Manorbier, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.644 / 51°38'38"N

Longitude: -4.7978 / 4°47'51"W

OS Eastings: 206520

OS Northings: 197618

OS Grid: SS065976

Mapcode National: GBR GC.CGF9

Mapcode Global: VH2PQ.SYG2

Entry Name: Ruins adjacent to Church Hill Cottage, Ruin A

Listing Date: 12 March 1996

Last Amended: 12 March 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18009

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At S side of Manorbier Churchyard in the grounds of Church Hill Cottage.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Manorbier (Maenorbŷr)

Community: Manorbier

Locality: Manorbier Village

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

On the site of Church Hill Cottage is structural evidence of perhaps 5 buildings. It is traditionally thought that these buildings are (or incorporate remains of) a grange established after Sir John de Barri granted the Church to the Priory of Monkton in 1301.

In addition to the cottage itself [which is separately listed] there are (A) a building in tandem to the cottage to its E; (B) a building to the S of ‘A’ and at right-angles to it; (C) a building lying to its S; and (D) a building at the SW corner of the cottage garden. The Churchyard and the cottage site are both recorded as Rectorial Glebe in the 1840 Tithe Survey. Fenton (1810) refers to ‘no small remains of some chantry or collegiate building there being one large building still covered with a vaulted roof but entirely open to the west.’

Exterior

Building ‘A’ consists of 2 surviving lateral walls. It is the same width as the cottage but uncertain lengths. Small-rubble masonry without dressings or any architectural detail. A doorway at N, facing into the churchyard, 2m wide by 2 m high with a segmental arch. There are remnants of a tiled lean-to porch roof at this doorway. There is no opposed doorway in the S wall. At its W end abutting Church Hill Cottage are 2 small rooms. Seen from the churchyard there is a slit window at left of doorway and a remnant of a spiral staircase at the right, the latter mostly blocked by the later corner of the adjacent cottage. The spiral rises anticlockwise. At the other side of the building, facing S, is an opening with a crude segmental head, later reduced to a smaller opening.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a set of buildings in a very important historical relationship to Manorbier Church and also for group value with Church Hill Cottage.

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