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Tregynon School

A Grade II Listed Building in Tregynon, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5782 / 52°34'41"N

Longitude: -3.3371 / 3°20'13"W

OS Eastings: 309490

OS Northings: 298664

OS Grid: SO094986

Mapcode National: GBR 9R.BP1J

Mapcode Global: WH79Z.QG39

Entry Name: Tregynon School

Listing Date: 31 January 1997

Last Amended: 31 January 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18147

Building Class: Education

Location: Located 50m SW of parish church at a junction of 2 minor roads opposite Church House Farm. Set within a playground walled in concrete on the S and E sides and bounded by the School House on the W sid

County: Powys

Community: Tregynon

Community: Tregynon

Built-Up Area: Tregynon

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History

The school, with adjacent schoolmaster's house, was built in 1871 and replaced an earlier school in the village. Constructed in unreinforced concrete 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 claimed reduced the cost of a building by a half compared to brick or stone. 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 mullions, roof slabs, chimneys and fireplace. The school closed in 1995.

Exterior

The building faces E to the playground and consists of a large classroom in Tudor-Gothic style and a smaller N classroom at right angles behind. There is an entrance porch, with an added lobby at the rear. Rendered concrete painted white, with slate roofs. The main range has a 4-bay S elevation with stepped buttresses and 2-light windows. The E elevation has a coped gable with the base of a bellcote on the ridge. Below is a single lancet window. The porch is offset to the R and has a cross moulded in concrete and Tregynon School in black painted letters. The doorway has a pointed arch. (Attached to the porch are C20 additions to L and R.) The W elevation has a 3-light window, now boarded up, under a lancet arch. The lower N classroom has a tall concrete stack with paired octagonal shafts and moulded cap. On the N side are stepped 2-light windows; on the W side is a former 3-light window converted to a door (to the E is a C20 addition).

Interior

The main classroom has a concrete fireplace with a raking hood, concrete corbels supporting an arch-braced roof, and splayed window reveals; in the smaller room is a plainer fireplace with concrete overmantle. The doorways have chamfered surrounds and boarded doors. In the porch concrete roof slabs can be seen beneath the slates.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a C19 school in typical Gothic style but especially notable for its experimental use of unreinforced concrete, and for group value with the adjacent Boundary Wall and School House. The building also forms an important component of the surviving group of concrete buildings in Tregynon.

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  • II Tregynon School Boundary Wall
    Located at a junction of 2 minor roads 50m SW of parish church. The wall forms the S and E boundary of the school, and extends W to the front of the School House.
  • II The School House
    Located on N side of the road leading SW from parish church and approximately 70m from the church. The house is set back from the road, with the school immediately to the E.
  • II Church of St Cynon
    Located on raised ground on W side of village, overlooking Bechan valley. The church is sited in a churchyard with rubble retaining wall to S.
  • II Church Cottage
    Backs on to E side of churchyard, and set back slightly from the road through the village.
  • II Sawmill Lodge
    Located on the N side of the E entrance of Gregynog Hall, close to the junction with the B4389 through Tregynon, and approximately 0.4km S of parish church.
  • II 1 Concrete Cottages
    Located at the S end of Tregynon village, approximately 100m E of entrance to Gregynog Estate.
  • II 2 Concrete Cottages
    Located at the S end of Tregynon village, approximately 100m E of entrance to Gregynog Estate.
  • II Dolymelinau Farm Buildings
    Located approximately 0.8km N of parish church on the corner of a junction of 2 minor roads. The farm buildings form 2 sides of the farmyard.

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