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Great Molleston Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Templeton, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7777 / 51°46'39"N

Longitude: -4.7599 / 4°45'35"W

OS Eastings: 209702

OS Northings: 212387

OS Grid: SN097123

Mapcode National: GBR CV.ZB00

Mapcode Global: VH2P5.FLZ1

Entry Name: Great Molleston Farmhouse

Listing Date: 21 June 1971

Last Amended: 15 October 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18977

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At the N side of West Lane between Molleston Cross and Templeton, with garden at front and farmyard at rear.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Templeton

Community: Templeton

Locality: Molleston

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

Great Molleston is a farm now included in the Henllan estate. It is named Great Molleston to distinguish it from the nearby C19 farm of Little Molleston.

The farmhouse probably dates from the Narberth enclosure period. Molleston had been included in the manor and estate of Slebech before the enclosure, as a farm of 223 acres ( 90ha ). The Slebech estate was purchased in 1778 by John Knox who proceded to obtain an Act to enclose the manorial wastes. 500 acres ( 203ha ) of the waste named Molleston Mountain were included in the enclosure award, dated 1786. Molleston farm was probably rationalised in the process, and the farmhouse rebuilt then or soon afterwards. Knox disposed of his agricultural estates in 1792.

At a very early date the farmhouse was considerably enlarged by the addition of an extra bay at the left and a rear range to deepen it to double-pile. The house was then re-roofed overall.

Exterior

Two storey front elevation consisting of a symmetrical range of three windows plus an additonal bay of one window at the left. The front is rendered and there are prominent rusticated quoins to the original three-window block. Hipped slate roof with metal ridges and hip rolls. Rebuilt chimney stacks. The window head arches are of brick, concealed beneath the render without decoration. Twelve-pane horned sash windows, with exposed frames. At the centre of the original block is the entrance with its timber porch: the porch projects boldly, with two simplified Tuscan columns of wood and stucco at the front and two similar half-columns at the rear. Front door of five panels.

The rear elevation is a range of four windows, three of which are 12-pane hornless sashes and a small-paned round-headed window to a staircase landing centrally in the original block. Large later rear porch of single storey with hipped roof.

Interior

Symmetrically planned with good central staircase with hardwood handrail, swept at landings, coiled at foot over a curtail step. Square balusters, open string with brackets.

Reasons for Listing

A large gentry farmhouse of the enclosure period, of some architectural refinement.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Molleston Baptist Chapel
    1½ km E of Templeton village, 100 m N of the A4115, reached by a gated driveway.
  • II The Grove
    Reached by a private lane 500 m N of Molleston Cross, W of the road to Narberth.
  • II Mounton Quarry Limekiln
    To the N side of the A4115, and to the E of the lane leading to Mounton Farm. A flooded quarry lies immediately to the N.
  • II Elm House
    At N end of Templeton Village, set slightly back at W side of village street. Rubble stone front wall with gate piers and simple iron gate.
  • II Templeton Farmhouse
    At W side of the main street in Templeton Village, 150 m N of the Church, set back behind a small front garden with stone wall and gate piers and simple iron gate.
  • II Allensbank
    On high ground to the SE of the A478 / B4315 junction, midway between Narberth and Templeton
  • II Milepost South of Templeton Village
    400 m S of Templeton Church.

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