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The Old Rectory

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanmadoc, Swansea

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Latitude: 51.6177 / 51°37'3"N

Longitude: -4.2557 / 4°15'20"W

OS Eastings: 243928

OS Northings: 193400

OS Grid: SS439934

Mapcode National: GBR GR.11HG

Mapcode Global: VH3MP.6L0Q

Plus Code: 9C3QJP9V+3P

Entry Name: The Old Rectory

Listing Date: 3 March 2000

Last Amended: 3 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22882

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At the west end of Llanmadoc Village, south of the churchyard.

County: Swansea

Town: Swansea

Community: Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton (Llangynydd, Llanmadog a Cheriton)

Community: Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton

Locality: Llanmadoc village

Built-Up Area: Llanmadoc

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Built in 1876-77 by the Rev J D Davies in Swiss style; said to be copied from an original seen when Mr Davies was on holiday in Switzerland. Nominally designed by John Pritchard, the Llandaff diocesan architect, but probably largely designed by J D Davies himself.
The interior was not totally finished when visited by the Swansea Scientific Society members in 1893; they were particularly interested in the workshops where Mr Davies carried out his wood carving and machining.
The building ceased to be a parsonage in 1972.


A large boldly designed house of two storeys plus an attic, ranging north/south, built on a stone plinth, rendered and painted white, with a vast slate roof at about 45 degrees pitch. Two red-brick chimneys in mid roof slope, two rendered chimneys of grey colour penetrating the ridge.
The roof is the special feature, with a deep overhang of about a metre at the east eaves and of over two metres at most of the the west eaves. There is a gabled projection on the east side nearly centrally, the verge of which overhangs by about a metre. A corresponding wall projection at rear is included beneath the main roof slope. At each end the wallplates, ridge piece and two purlins are carried out, some on black-painted timber brackets, and at the sides the eaves projections are similarly supported on large brackets at intervals. There are no rainwater gutters or downpipes. All the timberwork is painted black (having been restored to its original colour).
Both of the main gable walls are partly advanced. The advanced part of the north wall is a windowed bay at ground storey but a chimney from first storey up. The advanced part of the south wall contains the main entrance door, with its own 'Swiss' porch roof in miniature.
The casements throughout are timber, of two or three lights, painted black, with each light in two panes; they have flush timber sills and lintels. Seven rooflights have been inserted in the west slope of the roof.


Much internal use of clear finished pine joinery, including exposed floor joists, panelled doors and stairs.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its architectural interest as a very striking design by John Pritchard, Llandaff dioscesan architect, and the Rev J D Davies.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Church of St Madoc
    At W end of village. Rubble stone churchyard wall to south and east; iron gate with iron lamp arch. Graveyard enlarged to north. Cobble paving at entrance.
  • II Ty Gwyn
    Opposite Big House Farmhouse, set back from the village street.
  • II Big House Farmhouse
    South side of the main street of the village, 200 m south east of the church. Range of stone outbuildings to west. Stone garden walls to the front.
  • II Telephone Call-box to north of Post Office (01792 386237)
    At south side of village street, in front of former Post Office
  • II Circular Pigsty near Pill House
    At left of path north from Frog Lane to Pill House.
  • II Trinity Presbyterian Chapel
    North side of the road leading SE from Llanmadoc to Cheriton. Stone wall to small forecourt, with iron railings and gate.
  • I Church of St Cadoc
    In the hamlet of Cheriton, east of Llanmadoc. Stone churchyard wall on three sides, with iron railing, gate, and lamp arch to east. Concrete path to church door. The grave stone (renewed) of Rev WD Da
  • II Glebe Farmhouse
    At west side of road, immediately north of St Cadoc's Church in Cheriton.

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