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2 The Old Inn

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8858 / 51°53'9"N

Longitude: -3.1848 / 3°11'5"W

OS Eastings: 318548

OS Northings: 221472

OS Grid: SO185214

Mapcode National: GBR YY.RBNR

Mapcode Global: VH6C8.RV5P

Entry Name: 2 The Old Inn

Listing Date: 4 January 1952

Last Amended: 21 October 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20674

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On S side of main road through Tretower, NW of parish church.

County: Powys

Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin)

Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine

Locality: Tretower

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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History

The building began early C17 with a single house, the upper house (No 2), to which a lower house (No 3) was added nearly at right angles by mid C17. The upper house consisted of a hall and inner room, together with an outside cross passage and an outer room which were rebuilt C19 (No 1). The lower house had an outside cross passage wide enough for a cart and leading directly to a wide barn doorway across the yard. The existence of 2 attached houses of approximately equal status, sharing a single farm yard and working the farm jointly, is probably the result of gavelkind (the division of a holding equally among sons), one of a number of examples in the Cwmdu area (the others at Llandegeman, Llwynau Mawr, Cilfaenor and possibly Middle Gaer and Upper Gaer). Became a public house C19, of which the main bar was in the upper house (No 2) and had a new main entrance to the street, but was converted back to dwellings late C20 and subdivided into its 3 distinct historical units

Exterior

The upper house (Nos 1 and 2) has original stone stacks L of centre and to R, and a C19 stack over L gable end. The original front facing the yard has added lean-tos and inserted 1- and 2-light casements in first floor. The 3-window early C19 front is on the N side facing the road and is pebble-dashed. In the lower storey are 12-pane hornless sashes, in the upper storey similar 9-pane sashes. A doorway with boarded door is L of centre and reached down steps. In the E gable end is a corbelled 1st-floor stack with added window to its L.

Interior

The upper house was not inspected at time of survey (September 1997). It is said to have a fireplace stairs and original gable-end entry, but its original post-and-panel partition was removed when converted to a public house. The C19 pub fittings have now been removed.

Reasons for Listing

In origin an important example of the sub-medieval Breconshire farmhouse retaining much of its early plan form and high-quality detail.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II 3 The Old Inn
    On S side of main road through Tretower, NW of parish church.
  • II 1 The Old Inn
    On S side of main road through Tretower, NW of parish church.
  • II Tretower House
    Approximately 200m NW of Tretower church, set back from S side of A479 and reached by private drive.
  • II Vine Tree Cottage
    In the centre of Tretower W of a junction with minor road to Tretower Court. The front faces S down a footpath, to rear is a pavement at high level.
  • II Castle Cottage
    On S side of a minor road immediately N of Tretower Castle.
  • II 2 Vine Tree Cottages
    In the centre of Tretower W of a junction with minor road to Tretower Court. The front faces S down a footpath, to rear is a pavement at high level.
  • II Church Hall
    On N side of Tretower church.
  • II Zoar Chapel
    Situated on the western side of Tretower at the junction between the lane into the village and that up to the A479. Set back behind railed forecourt with gates and gate-piers.

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