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3 Grove Cottages

A Grade II Listed Building in Margam, Neath Port Talbot

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5628 / 51°33'45"N

Longitude: -3.7349 / 3°44'5"W

OS Eastings: 279839

OS Northings: 186302

OS Grid: SS798863

Mapcode National: GBR H5.DR8Q

Mapcode Global: VH5H2.6ZWC

Entry Name: 3 Grove Cottages

Listing Date: 24 February 1975

Last Amended: 25 April 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23293

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located on the E side of the lane which leads to St Mary's Abbey Church. The W gable end of the building faces the road.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Port Talbot

Community: Margam

Community: Margam

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

A range in the position of the cottages is marked 'Smiths Shops' in a survey of 1814. The cottages were remodelled or rebuilt in the mid C19 to accommodate gardeners working on the Margam estate. No 2, the larger cottage was for a married gardener and no 3 for an unmarried gardener. Areas of early fabric suggest C17-18 origins, while some of the dressings may have been reused from the former Margam House. The rear wing to no 3 is later and is not shown on the Ordnance Survey of 1876. The cottages were modernised by West Glamorgan County Council in the early 1990s.

Exterior

No 3 is 1-window to the front. Ridge stack to R (shared with No 2) and side stack to W of rear wing. Front entrance to W gable end, through porch with gabled roof. The porch is open to the front under a stone lintel, and has a narrow lancet with triangular head in heavy limestone dressing to the W. Two late C20 2-light casement windows under shallow segmental heads to L of porch in W gable end, one to each storey and offset. To the rear, the E side of the rear wing has a shallow lean-to brick porch with corrugated roof. Door to L and small window to R. To the L of the porch is a 3-over-3-pane horned sash window in a red brick surround with shallow segmental head. Matching window to 1st floor.

Interior

Porch leads to entrance in W gable end. Chamfered stone doorway with flat head. The principal room has spiral timber stairs in the W gable whilst the fireplace in the opposite E wall has been renewed. Flagstone floor. Stone threshold in doorway to kitchen in rear wing, suggesting that this was the original rear door and the wing was added later.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well preserved pair of C19 estate cottages retaining character and with earlier features. Group value with other nearby structures on the Margam estate.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II 2 Grove Cottages
    Located on the E side of the lane which leads to St Mary's Abbey Church. The W gable end of the building faces the road.
  • II Former Changing Room
    Located in front of the Citrus House and facing the ornamental pool which is to the SE.
  • 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 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 Retaining Wall adjoining Citrus House
    The wall runs E and links the Citrus House with the almshouses and Ivy Cottage.
  • II Cwm Cottage
    On a track which runs R (close to A48 junction) off the lane to the abbey church. The track was formerly a road running along the S side of Margam Park, but is now a cul-de-sac.
  • 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 Margam Cottage
    On a track which runs R (close to A48 junction) off the lane to the abbey church. The track was formerly a road running along the S side of Margam Park, but is now a cul-de-sac.

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