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Retaining Wall adjoining Citrus House

A Grade II Listed Building in Margam, Neath Port Talbot

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5627 / 51°33'45"N

Longitude: -3.7324 / 3°43'56"W

OS Eastings: 280014

OS Northings: 186294

OS Grid: SS800862

Mapcode National: GBR H5.DRXH

Mapcode Global: VH5H2.8Z6D

Entry Name: Retaining Wall adjoining Citrus House

Listing Date: 25 April 2000

Last Amended: 25 April 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23265

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: The wall runs E and links the Citrus House with the almshouses and Ivy Cottage.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Port Talbot

Community: Margam

Community: Margam

Locality: Margam Park

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Probably contemporary with the Citrus House, c1800, although it is possible that the wall was built later, when C R M Talbot extended his kitchen gardens. The wall at right angles to the N belongs to the latter period.

Exterior

The wall runs N for a short distance from the NE angle of the Citrus House, then curves round and runs towards the E, where it joins a short wall at right angles which links the almshouses with Ivy Cottage. Constructed of rubble stone with a flat stone coping. Buttressed along the N side; soil is heaped against the S side to create flower beds. The 6 buttresses are raked and full-height with quoins. Doorways to each end of the wall. Next to the Citrus House, the doorway has a shallow pointed head and dressed limestone surround, but has a plain segmental head on the E facing side. At the E end, the wall rises slightly and contains an ornate doorway with a Gibbs surround. The wall at right angles is of narrow coursed rubble with flat stone coping, and with a pointed arched dressed stone doorway with boarded door to the N of the buttressed wall.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a garden structure exhibiting character, especially the doorways and buttresses. Group value with the Citrus House, and other buildings in Margam Park.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Citrus House
    The citrus house is prominently located in Margam Park to the NW of the orangery. It faces S towards the ornamental pool.
  • II Kitchen Garden Walls including Vinery Glasshouse
    The kitchen garden wall forms the N boundary of the gardens and flanks the lane leading to the abbey. A wall at right angles runs S to the Vinery Glasshouse.
  • II Former Changing Room
    Located in front of the Citrus House and facing the ornamental pool which is to the SE.
  • II Almshouses
    Located on the S side of the lane which leads off the A48 to St Mary's Abbey Church. The almshouses are opposite the churchyard entrance.
  • I Ivy Cottage including Facade of Former Banqueting House
    Located along the N boundary of the gardens, N of the Orangery and SE of the kitchen gardens. The facade faces W into the park, whilst the cottage is outside the park boundary.
  • II Ornamental Pool
    In a prominent location in Margam Park, diagonally below the Orangery to the E and the citrus house to the N. Surrounded by lawn and tulip trees.
  • II Middle Lodge
    Located on the N side of the road which leads to St Mary's Abbey Church. A further lane runs to the rear up towards Cwm Bach. In a slightly raised position with a retaining wall to the front.
  • II War Memorial
    Located immediately outside and to the R of the entrance gates to St Mary's Abbey Church and churchyard.

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