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3 Forge Row

A Grade II* Listed Building in Abersychan, Torfaen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7528 / 51°45'10"N

Longitude: -3.0583 / 3°3'29"W

OS Eastings: 327044

OS Northings: 206539

OS Grid: SO270065

Mapcode National: GBR J3.0MG7

Mapcode Global: VH79K.Y62N

Entry Name: 3 Forge Row

Listing Date: 9 May 1973

Last Amended: 28 July 1997

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18587

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated at the base of a steep hillside, on the east bank of Afon Lwyd about 40m south of Cwmavon House. Rubble forecourt wall.

County: Torfaen

Town: Pontypool

Community: Abersychan

Community: Abersychan

Locality: Cwmavon

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

An isolated row of early C19 ironworkers houses, probably dating from 1804-6 and built for the workers of the now demolished Varteg Forge (active at this period and again 1823-40) which was situated on a flat site in the valley on the opposite side of the main road from Forge Row. Originally a terrace of twelve the cottages where doubled up when the row was repaired by the British Historic Buildings Trust in 1987-8, the architects were Ferguson Mann.

Exterior

Nos. 1-6 (consec) Forge Row.
A terrace of industrial housing set against a hillside above the road. The hoses in Forge Row have colour-washed stone rubble external walls with plinth and small eaves courses and a gabled roof of random stone slates laid in diminishing courses. Two storeys with a single depth plan. Each house originally with a western elevation of one window bay and doorway each, but now each with two windows and two doors; small paned casement windows of 2-lights, upper windows with flat heads at eaves level, lower windows and doorways with cambered heads. Stone stacks.

Interior

Interiors not inspected at time of resurvey (January 1997) but it is reported that originally each floor had two very small rooms with internal walls probably framed in timber; stone flagged floors; thin soft wood ground floor ceiling joists with small chamfers. Staircases against front walls. Back doors. The cottages were doubled in size when converted in 1987-8 and the interiors now date almost entirely from then, but the staircases are said to survive.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as the finest surviving in-situ terrace of industrial housing in the South Wales valleys.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* 4 Forge Row
    Situated at the base of a steep hillside, on the east bank of Afon Lwyd about 40m south of Cwmavon House. Rubble forecourt wall.
  • II* 2 Forge Row
    Situated at the base of a steep hillside, on the east bank of Afon Lwyd about 40m south of Cwmavon House. Rubble forecourt wall.
  • II* 5 Forge Row
    Situated at the base of a steep hillside, on the east bank of Afon Lwyd about 40m south of Cwmavon House. Rubble forecourt wall.
  • II* 1 Forge Row
    Situated at the base of a steep hillside, on the east bank of Afon Lwyd about 40m south of Cwmavon House. Rubble forecourt wall.
  • II* 6 Forge Row
    Situated at the base of a steep hillside, on the east bank of Afon Lwyd about 40m south of Cwmavon House. Rubble forecourt wall.
  • II Cwmavon House
    On the east bank of Afon Lwyd about 40m north of Forge Row.
  • II Former Westlake's Brewery
    Situated on the E bank of the Afon Lwyd below the main road; to south of Forge Row.
  • II 'Beehive' Pigsty at Blaengwenffrwd Farm
    On the north side of the Blaenavon road just before it leaves the Community at its western extremity.

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