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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
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
Town: Llangynwyd Middle
Community: Llangynwyd Middle (Llangynwyd - Canol)
Community: Llangynwyd Middle
Traditional County: Glamorgan
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.
Included as one of the few examples of the simple domestic structure once widely found, to survive in Glamorgan.
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