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Frondorddu Farmhouse, including attached byre

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanwrthwl, Powys

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Latitude: 52.2778 / 52°16'40"N

Longitude: -3.5434 / 3°32'36"W

OS Eastings: 294800

OS Northings: 265526

OS Grid: SN948655

Mapcode National: GBR 9H.YL7Y

Mapcode Global: VH5CW.J0MP

Entry Name: Frondorddu Farmhouse, including attached byre

Listing Date: 14 November 2000

Last Amended: 14 November 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24377

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On the N slope of Carn Gafallt reached by farm road to the S of an unclassified road on the S side of the Elan river between Rhayader and Elan village.

County: Powys

Community: Llanwrthwl

Community: Llanwrthwl

Locality: Frondorddu

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Built probably in the early C19 but continuing the earlier long-house tradition of incorporating the dwelling and cow house under a single roof. The house and byre are shown on the 1847 Tithe map, when the farm was part of the estate of Lloyd Thomas Lewis of Nantgwillt.


A house of single storey with attic and attached cow house, built on a level platform across the hillside, of rubble stone and continuous slate roof. The house, on the R side, is whitewashed and has a later brick stack to the R end. It is double-fronted with lower storey windows under stone segmental heads and gabled half dormers to the attic. All have small-pane casements. The central boarded door is beneath an overlight. The long cow house on the L side has doorways under large timber lintels and loft openings beneath the eaves. A small lean-to is set back against the L gable end.


Not inspected.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-preserved C19 farm and a good later example of incorporating house and byre under a single roof, a type once common in the region.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Elan Village
    At NE end of village.
  • II No 10
    At NE end of village.
  • II No 9
    Set back across green space.
  • II No 8
    Set back across green space.
  • II No 7
    To NE of Nos 4 & 5.
  • II No 6
    To NE of Nos 4 & 5.
  • II No 5
    To L of No 3, to NE of small stone bridge.
  • II No 4
    To L of No 3, to NE of small stone bridge.

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