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Brynysgawen and attached farm range

A Grade II Listed Building in Ynysddu, Caerphilly

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Latitude: 51.6269 / 51°37'36"N

Longitude: -3.1962 / 3°11'46"W

OS Eastings: 317296

OS Northings: 192688

OS Grid: ST172926

Mapcode National: GBR HX.8NRT

Mapcode Global: VH6DM.KC5N

Entry Name: Brynysgawen and attached farm range

Listing Date: 16 September 1999

Last Amended: 16 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22317

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On the W hillside of the Sirhowy Valley due W of Ynysddu, reached by the mountain road from Gelli-groes, and along a farm track.

County: Caerphilly

Community: Ynysddu (Ynys-ddu)

Community: Ynysddu

Built-Up Area: Ynysddu

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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House probably C17, rear wing added 1910, house further refurbished later C20. Rear of farm range range is inscribed 'R Rees 1780 J Harry Mason'. Appears on early maps as Bryn Ysgdawen.


Farmhouse and attached barn/byre range. Farmhouse on uphill side is rendered with concrete tile roof incorporating rooflights and renewed stack; single storey and attic to front with replaced windows; later, taller 2-storey cross wing to rear. Stepped down is the attached barn range of rubble part limewashed with stone tile roof, swept down over projecting central bay at front to create covered pens; adjacent is an unusual steep-pitched roofed porch to a cross passage running outside the farmhouse behind the chimney with segmental arched entrance; on downhill side is the barn bay. To rear the barn has double doors end left; deep-set rectangular openings to right with former pentice roof.


Farmhouse retains 3 deeply chamfered cross beams with stops, no joists, chamfered lintel to fireplace with stairs beside. Now a single downstairs room with access to later wing and step down to cross passage. Most unusually the porch retains a wallpainting in ochres apparently showing a figure. Barn range has flag floor, some plaster and an old slab. Roof of barn has pegged tie beam and struts and 3 rows of trenched purlins.

Reasons for Listing

Listed notwithstanding alterations to farmhouse mainly for the unusual plan form incorporating barn and porch with rare surviving wallpainting.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Stable block at Brynysgawen
    On the opposite side of the farmyard to the farmhouse and barn range.
  • II Glebe Farm
    On the S flank of Mynyddislwyn, off the E side of the lane leading S to Cwmfelin-fach, and reached by a farm track across fields.
  • II Tyle-gwyn
    Very near the SW boundary of the community, S of Gelli-groes and above the hamlet of Wyllie; on the hillside reached by a long track.
  • II Stable range at Tyle-gwyn
    To the rear of Tyle-gwyn, built into the hillside.
  • II Caerllwyn Isaf and attached byre/stable
    On the W flank of Mynyddislwyn, close to the N/S mountain road which leads S to Cwmfelinfach in the Sirhowy Valley; stands in a walled and gated enclosure with stone stile to field.
  • II The Pioneer Hotel
    Right in the centre of Cwmfelin-fach at the junction of five roads.
  • II Telephone Call-box outside Pioneer Hotel
    In front of the Pioneer Hotel to left side.
  • II Capel y Babell
    On the S boundary of Cwmfelin-fach and a short way N of the Sirhowy River, in a maintained open space, a walled graveyard adjoining to E.

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