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2 Concrete Cottages

A Grade II Listed Building in Tregynon, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.575 / 52°34'30"N

Longitude: -3.3331 / 3°19'59"W

OS Eastings: 309752

OS Northings: 298300

OS Grid: SO097983

Mapcode National: GBR 9R.BXQF

Mapcode Global: WH79Z.RJZS

Entry Name: 2 Concrete Cottages

Listing Date: 31 January 1997

Last Amended: 31 January 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18146

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located at the S end of Tregynon village, approximately 100m E of entrance to Gregynog Estate.

County: Powys

Community: Tregynon

Community: Tregynon

Built-Up Area: Tregynon

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History

Constructed in unreinforced concrete c1870 by Henry Hanbury-Tracy as part of the Gregynog Estate. Hanbury-Tracy's use of the material on the Gregynog Estate was intended to demonstrate the benefits of building in concrete, which it was said reduced the cost of a house by nearly a half compared to brick or stone construction. The striking appearance of Concrete Cottages on the main road through Tregynon suggests that they were intended to advertise the use of the new material. The concrete was made from river gravel and brick fragments bonded with cement. It was laid in wet courses directly on to the wall using timber shuttering and finished with a skim coat of render. Concrete was also used for chimneys, floor slabs, partition walls, fireplace and stair construction. Originally the building had a roof of concrete slabs, although these were subsequently covered by slates.

Exterior

Planked front door. The stair projection has a single fixed light in the upper level. A lean-to brick bake house was added to L of rear late C19. This has a ledged and battened door and bread oven in situ.

Interior

Access was not possible at the time of inspection (July 1996) but is said to be identical in form and materials to No 1.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as 2 cottages of special interest for representing early experimentation with concrete, and for their striking Gothick appearance in a prominent location advertising the use of the new material. They make an important contribution to the surviving group of concrete buildings in Tregynon.

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