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The Tennis Pavilion

A Grade II* Listed Building in Talybont-on-Usk, Powys

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Latitude: 51.8866 / 51°53'11"N

Longitude: -3.2618 / 3°15'42"W

OS Eastings: 313255

OS Northings: 221650

OS Grid: SO132216

Mapcode National: GBR YV.R9K5

Mapcode Global: VH6C7.DVZ2

Entry Name: The Tennis Pavilion

Listing Date: 17 December 1998

Last Amended: 17 December 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21158

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: At the foot of Buckland Hill on the lane leading to the rear of Buckland Hall, facing the park.

County: Powys

Community: Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg)

Community: Talybont-on-Usk

Locality: Buckland

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Said to be by H Avray Tipping, the renowned architect, writer and garden designer who was working at Buckland c1923. During renovation work in 1990s tiles were found with the name Watson of Tewkesbury and dated 1926. Formerly known as the Sewing House. Used as holiday cottage.


An octagonal building, of pegged timber framing with rendered infill on a stone plinth, with a stone tiled roof. The roof has hipped gabled dormers with lead finials to sides, stone chimney to rear, deep overhanging sprocketed swept eaves. Windows are wooden framed with mullions and lattice glazing. Facing the park up 4 stone steps is a 3 sided verandah comprising the open timber framing of braces and balustrade. Inside the verandah the polygonal entrance bay, parallel with the outer octagon, has a central doorway of 4 pegged timber panels with lattice glazing and trefoil heads to each light; to each side paired double-light timber-framed lattice windows, and double lights in the angled return. At rear a timber framed doorway with planked door; side and rear windows have single, double and triple lights.


Interior has large central octagonal room open to roof and lit by the dormers, with central Tudor-arched fireplace with chimney breast facing the door. Rooms to right and left, former male and female changing rooms, and kitchen to rear; added bathroom. Parquet floor; ceiling beams have hollow mouldings.

Reasons for Listing

Listed II* as a most unusual early C20 recreational building possibly designed by Avray Tipping and using traditional timber framing techniques.

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