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Govera Farmhouse, also known as Upper Govera Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in New Inn, Torfaen

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Latitude: 51.717 / 51°43'1"N

Longitude: -3.0162 / 3°0'58"W

OS Eastings: 329896

OS Northings: 202516

OS Grid: SO298025

Mapcode National: GBR J5.3018

Mapcode Global: VH79S.N3VL

Entry Name: Govera Farmhouse, also known as Upper Govera Farmhouse

Listing Date: 7 August 1997

Last Amended: 7 August 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18725

Building Class: Domestic

Location: In the far north west corner of New Inn Community accessed by a lane which commences at The Star Inn, Mamhilad.

County: Torfaen

Town: Pontypool

Community: New Inn

Community: New Inn

Locality: Llanvihangel Pontymoel

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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This house still appears to have the traditional late C17 three room plan but the full two storey height and the rear outshut suggest that a date in the second half of the C18 is more likely, or that it was heightened then. It has been refenestrated in traditional form in the C19 and has had two small additions at the rear.


Rendered and painted, probably over rubble stone, with Welsh slate roofs. Two storey single depth plan with single storey rear outshut. The main front elevation has five windows over three windows and two doors; the doors in bays two and four. The windows are all C19 small paned casements in elliptical heads. The main door is Victorian with two vertical glazed panels and a deep slated hood on brackets. The kitchen door to the right is a plank stable one without hood. Roof with three stacks on the ridge. The one on the left end is an added brick one which suggests that the end room was originally an unheated dairy. The centre stack is a small parlour one, but old, the one on the right hand end is a four flued kitchen stack, also original. The older stacks are rendered.

The rear elevation originally had a continuous outshut giving a cat-slide roof, but this has been extended in brick behind the kitchen and heightened to two storeys behind the parlour. Casement windows.


Interior not available for inspection at time of resurvey (November 1996), but external evidence suggests a three room plan with two heated rooms and an unheated dairy.

Reasons for Listing

This is included as a good example of a probably late C18 farmhouse of traditional type.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Lower Govera Cottage
    In the far north west corner of New Inn Community acessed by a lane which commences at the Star Inn, Mamhilad. The cottage stands about 130m north east of Govera Farmhouse.
  • II Bridge 59, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
    At the north end of New Inn Community about 1000m south of Mamhilad and providing access to Govera Cottage.
  • II Troed-y-Rhiw
    About 900m south west of the Church of St. Illtyd.
  • II Bridge 60, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
    At the north end of New Inn Community about 800m south west of Mamhilad and providing access to Govera Cottage and Lower Govera Farm.
  • II Keepers Lodge
    About 1000m south west of the Church of St. Illtyd set on the hillside above Troed-y-rhiw Farm and approached up a steep drive.
  • II Pigsty at Wern Farm
    About 20m west of Wern Farmhouse.
  • II Wern Farmhouse
    On the west bank of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal approached down a lane from Usk Road and about 500m north of Ty-poeth Farm.
  • II Barn at Wern Farm
    About 30m west of Wern Farmhouse.

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