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Travellers Rest Inn

A Grade II Listed Building in Caerphilly (Caerffili), Caerphilly

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Latitude: 51.5517 / 51°33'6"N

Longitude: -3.2152 / 3°12'54"W

OS Eastings: 315842

OS Northings: 184345

OS Grid: ST158843

Mapcode National: GBR HW.FHZ1

Mapcode Global: VH6F0.7849

Entry Name: Travellers Rest Inn

Listing Date: 18 February 1999

Last Amended: 18 February 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21375

Building Class: Recreational

Location: Located on a sharp bend on the ridge top, before the road descends towards Cardiff. Castell Morgraig lies uphill to the E.

County: Caerphilly

Town: Caerphilly

Community: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Caerphilly

Locality: Thornhill

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Late C16 house and byre, probably with cross passage. A further unit, possibly stables, was attached at the opposite end. The outer units were convered for domestic use in the C18, perhaps at the same time as it became an inn on the Cardiff to Caerphilly road. C20 ranges to rear.


Long range of rubble stone under a thatched roof, facing S. Two-storey main house flanked by lower 2-storey wing to L (formerly one-storey and probably a byre), and a single-storey wing to R. C16 ridge stack to L of main house, C18-19 stacks to wings. C20 gabled porch to R of centre with planked door to W side and 6-pane window to front. A second planked door L of centre with strap hinges is probably the original entrance and would have led to a cross passage. Small multipane wooden casement windows irregularly placed: The lower storey has 6 6 pane windows L of the doorways, and a 6-pane window R of the porch. The R wing has a single light and a 2-casement window, each with horizontal glazing bars. The windows flanking the porch have raised rendered surrounds. Three windows to upper storey. The W gable end is rendered to the upper half and has no openings. A long C20 rear range projects at the W end. Further late C20 extensions behind.


The inn retains its 3 fireplaces, all facing E. The C16 fireplace in the main house is the largest: it has a curved timber lintel with small chamfer and cut stops, with a bakeoven to its R. To the rear side of this fireplace (in the original cross-passage) are 2 recesses with lintels. The E and W fireplaces are smaller with straight timber lintels, the former probably reset. Floor joists extant in central room.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a C16 farmhouse (subsequently converted to an inn) of considerable character, with well preserved detail.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Castell Morgraig
    Located approximately 100m E of the car park of the Travellers' Rest Inn. On a steep scarp, the ground falling sharply to the N and S, with good visibility over the road from Cardiff to Caerphilly.
  • II* New House Hotel
    On the lower slopes of Caerphilly Mountain in countryside overlooking Cardiff and beyond the Bristol Channel, reached by a drive.
  • II The Long Barn and attached courtyard wall, gates and railings
    Close to the entrance gateway to New House, on the hillside overlooking Cardiff.
  • II Briwnant Farmhouse and adjoining farm range
    Set on a platform site the S slope of Caerphilly Mountain overlooking Cardiff and reached by a long track.
  • II Hill Farmhouse
    On the S facing slope of Caerphilly Mountain overlooking Llanishen and reached by a farm track, separated from the farmyard by a walled garden.
  • II Pantysgawen
    Situated on the lower slopes of Caerphilly mountain, just above the M4 and reached by a farm track behind Manor Park Hotel.
  • II Watford Chapel
    Located on a steep hill below Caerphilly mountain, S of Caerphilly town centre. The gabled entrance fronts the road. To the N is the burial ground.
  • II Watford Fach Farmhouse with adjoining former barn
    Fronting Watford Road as it climbs out of the town towards Caerphilly mountain. Opposite Plas Watford.

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