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The Ivy House

A Grade II Listed Building in Forden with Leighton and Trelystan (Ffordun gyda Tre'r-llai a Threlystan), Powys

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Latitude: 52.6242 / 52°37'27"N

Longitude: -3.1192 / 3°7'9"W

OS Eastings: 324335

OS Northings: 303530

OS Grid: SJ243035

Mapcode National: GBR B1.7NQX

Mapcode Global: WH79X.19YJ

Entry Name: The Ivy House

Listing Date: 20 March 1998

Last Amended: 20 March 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19540

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located approximately 2.4km S of Leighton church.

County: Powys

Town: Forden

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan (Ffordun gyda Tre'r-llai a Threlystan)

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan

Locality: Leighton Park

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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C18 double-fronted farmhouse enlarged by addition of outshut and in mid C19 by addition of a front wing. The later remodelling was carried out for the Leighton Estate, acquired by John Naylor, a Liverpool banker, in 1846-47. Naylor embarked on an ambitious programme of building, notably Leighton Hall, church and Leighton Farm, all designed by W.H. Gee and largely completed by the mid 1850s. Naylor continued to extend and improve the Estate until his death in 1889. His grandson, Captain J.M. Naylor, sold Leighton Hall and the Estate in 1931.


Original house is a 2-storey, probably 2-unit building with continuous outshut to rear and has a later 2-storey range at right angles to the front. The original house is of rubble stone with renewed slate roof, 2-light mullioned windows under hood moulds to R (in stone in the upper storey, replaced in brick in the lower). To L, hidden behind the front range, is a small-pane casement in the lower and 2-light mullioned window above with hood mould. In the L gable end are early insertions consisting of a ledged and battened door L of centre, and upper and lower storey windows in the outshut. The R gable end has similar windows in the outshut. Brick stack to R (and dormer with 2-light casement in the outshut). The front range is of brick, is higher than original house and has slate roof with end brick stack. The entrance elevation has openings under brick hood moulds: a 4-panel door to R and a large 12-pane sash window to L with a smaller 12-pane sash above it.


Not inspected (November 1996).

Reasons for Listing

A farmhouse retaining good early detail from C18 and C19, the latter representing a good example of improvements to the Leighton Estate made by John Naylor.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Boundary Wall of Leighton Estate
    Located approximately 2.0km S of Leighton church. The wall is situated S of Pine Lodge and begins on E side of B4388. At its SE end it continues as a low plinth with railings.
  • II Greenwood Lodge
    Located at the edge of a woodland plantation approximately 2.7km SSE of Leighton church, on the N side of a minor road between Forden and Trelystan and E side of Offa's Dyke long distance footpath.
  • II Pine Lodge
    Located approximately 1.9km S of Leighton church at the edge of a woodland plantation.
  • II Mile marker on the Montygomery to Welshpool Road
    The mile marker stands at the N end of the village of Kingswood on the N side of the road to Leighton, and 120m N of Birds Corner.
  • II Moorwood Lodge
    Located approximately 2.1km SSW of Leighton church and reached at the end of a private road W of B4388 at the end of a woodland plantation.
  • II Former Kennels at Greystones
    Located approximately 1.7km S of Leighton church, on S side of a minor road E of B4388. The kennels stand SE of Greystones and is built against a boundary wall to the E.
  • II* Poultry House
    Approximately 0.9m SE of Leighton Hall and reached from a minor road E of B4388 from which a short private road leads through a forestry plantation to the cottage and Poultry House.
  • II Poultry Cottage
    Approximately 0.9m SE of Leighton Hall and reached from a minor road E of B4388 from which a short private road leads through a forestry plantation to the cottage. The cottage stands on raised ground

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