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Former Stables at Hendrefoilan

A Grade II Listed Building in Killay, Swansea

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Latitude: 51.6252 / 51°37'30"N

Longitude: -4.0064 / 4°0'22"W

OS Eastings: 261213

OS Northings: 193730

OS Grid: SS612937

Mapcode National: GBR GX.BFBV

Mapcode Global: VH4K8.HDVY

Entry Name: Former Stables at Hendrefoilan

Listing Date: 29 September 1999

Last Amended: 29 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22371

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located to the NW of Hendrefoilan House off the road which leads through the Hendrefoilan student village. Hendrefoilan Road, a narrow lane, runs immediately to the rear.

County: Swansea

Town: Swansea

Community: Killay (Cilâ)

Community: Killay

Locality: Hendrefoilan

Built-Up Area: Swansea

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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The stables are probably contemporary with Hendrefoilan House, which was built in 1853 for Lewis Llwellyn Dillwyn. The house is by William B Colling and was laid out in its own grounds on the site of an earlier farmhouse. There are the remains of kitchen gardens and glass houses as well as the house and stables.

The estate was purchased in 1964 by University College Swansea, and the stables were converted to an education library which was opened in 1989.


Long symmetrical 2-storey range, with advanced gabled bay to centre. Lower flanking wings at right angles to front, forming a yard. Constructed of snecked stone under slate roofs. Horned sash windows in square-headed stone surrounds. The advanced bay has a wide 4-centred entrance arch of voussoirs now infilled with glazing. Two 12-pane sashes to upper storey, and a blind roundel above, which may have contained a clock. A bell cupola rises from the ridge, with a finial supporting a weather vane. The advanced bay is flanked by pairs of windows, 4-over 8-pane above, and 16-pane below. That to the bottom L is now converted to a door. The flanking ranges are 1-and-a-half storeys to the L and 1-storey to the R, with small square 4-pane windows in heavy surrounds. The gable end of the L range has a window to each storey, whilst a glazed lean-to entrance corridor has been built against the interior side. Three windows to outer (W) side, one double. Skylights to roof. The R range has a double 4-pane window to the gable end, and similar style windows to the outer E side. The interior side contains an integral wood planked screen with added half-lit door. It is lit above by a continuous row of 4-pane windows. A short wall projecting from the SE angle helps to support a large open-side steel canopy with glazed hipped roof, 2-bay to the front, and 3-bay to the W, with bracing to the angle posts.
The W gable end of the main range has 16-pane sash windows, 2 at ground floor level and 1 above. The rear is built into a bank and is partially below the level of Hendrefoilan Road. Central gabled bay with a 16-pane sash window. To the R is an inserted doorway approached by a walkway under a shallow raked dormer. Sky lights to roof.


The interior is now converted to a library.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good example of a substantial C19 stable block, adapted with modern additions to a library.
Group value with Hendrefoilan House.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Hendrefoilan
    Located at the end of a lane which leads off the road through the Hendrefoilan student village. The village was built in the grounds of the house. The stable block, now converted to a library, is to
  • II Former Stable and Cart-Shed at Glen Hir
    Located to the NE of the house. The N end faces the road and the front faces W.
  • II Glen Hir
    Slightly set back from the road on the E side of Killay. The former stable block is to the NE.
  • II Farm Building at Lledglawdd
    Located on the N side of Killay, at the end of a track which leads off Hendrefoilan Road where it bends round to the E. In front and to the L of the farmhouse and facing N.
  • II New Bethel Chapel and attached Hall/School
    Near junction with Garnglas Avenue, facing roughly SE, in large graveyard with some good C19 and early C20 memorials.
  • II Stewart Hall and No 68
    Near junction with De La Beche Road, parallel to road behind small forecourt.
  • II Lychgate to Church of St Paul
    At Sketty Road entrance to churchyard near junction with De La Beche Road.
  • II Church of St Paul
    Set back in churchyard near junction with De La Beche Road.

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