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Bee boles and stile in garden wall at Gilfach-uchaf farm

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangynwyd Middle (Llangynwyd - Canol), Bridgend

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Latitude: 51.5753 / 51°34'31"N

Longitude: -3.6627 / 3°39'45"W

OS Eastings: 284875

OS Northings: 187583

OS Grid: SS848875

Mapcode National: GBR H8.CZCG

Mapcode Global: VH5H3.GNJQ

Entry Name: Bee boles and stile in garden wall at Gilfach-uchaf farm

Listing Date: 8 September 1998

Last Amended: 8 September 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20432

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: Gilfach-uchaf farm lies on high ground SW of Llangynwyd village, and is reached by a farm road off the minor road from Llangynwyd to Aberafon. The bee boles are set in a wall at the end of a small pri

County: Bridgend

Town: Llangynwyd Middle

Community: Llangynwyd Middle (Llangynwyd - Canol)

Community: Llangynwyd Middle

Locality: Gilfach

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Gilfach uchaf is a farmhouse of early C19 date, incorporating slight evidence of an earlier building on a platform site. The bee boles are probably of the early C19 but possibly earlier in date.


The dry-stone N wall extending E from the house curves round to enclose the E end of the garden. The three bee boles are built into the wall, and consist of open fronted recesses in line abreast, each approximately 45cm wide x 38cm high and 30cm deep, the base for the skips is approximately 50cm from the original garden level. The style is in the same wall, about 2m further S of the last bole, and provides for access for a path to Gilfach-ganol farm, close by. It consists of a stone slab, c. 0.54m high above the step each side of the wall, the slab set in a rebate in the dry-stone jambs of the wall.

Reasons for Listing

Included as one of the few examples of the simple domestic structure once widely found, to survive in Glamorgan.

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