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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
Source ID: 18146
Building Class: Domestic
Location: Located at the S end of Tregynon village, approximately 100m E of entrance to Gregynog Estate.
Built-Up Area: Tregynon
Traditional County: Montgomeryshire
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.
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.
Access was not possible at the time of inspection (July 1996) but is said to be identical in form and materials to No 1.
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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