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Cider Mill at Fern Bank

A Grade II Listed Building in Trellech United (Tryleg Unedig), Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7563 / 51°45'22"N

Longitude: -2.6782 / 2°40'41"W

OS Eastings: 353283

OS Northings: 206618

OS Grid: SO532066

Mapcode National: GBR JM.0F20

Mapcode Global: VH877.J3HY

Entry Name: Cider Mill at Fern Bank

Listing Date: 28 February 2001

Last Amended: 28 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24922

Building Class: Institutional

Location: On the north side of the Whitebrook valley road and about 150m west of the Church of the Holy Trinity.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Trellech United (Tryleg Unedig)

Community: Trellech United

Locality: Whitebrook

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

A probably early/mid C19 cider mill in very good and unaltered condition, which has additional interest as having been part of the youth hostel during WWII. It is marked on the1881 OS 25" map.

Exterior

The building is rectangular in plan and is very neatly constructed of local red sandstone randomly cut and coursed but with neatly dressed quoins and features, Welsh slate roof. The main (south) elevation is of two storeys and has two windows. These are 2-light casements under large lintels on the ground floor and similar above, but topped by the eaves. Central stone stair leading to upper plank door. Plain roof with ridge tiles and dressed stone stack to the left gable. The left gable is blind. The right gable has the entrance to the cider house on the ground floor with plank door and 2-light casement to right, similar casement in the gable above. The rear elevation is blind and there is no indication of there having been any connection to a water wheel in the immediately adjacent leat.

Interior

The interior of the cider house has a pitched stone floor and the frame of the press is still in situ, the crusher is in the yard outside the door. Heavy beamed ceiling supporting the granary/apple store above. The upper room, from the very strong floor structure, appears to have been intended for a granary, but the windows and the chimney also a suggest a domestic use at some time or it could have been used as summer accommodation for itinerant workers. It was use as a youth hostel dormitory during WWII.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a well preserved mid C19 cider mill.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Church of the Holy Trinity
    On the south side of the road towards the eastern end of Whitebrook valley.
  • II Telephone Call-box (01600 860389)
    Situated at the side of the narrow country lane that runs through the village of Whitebrook; opposite to Manor Brook Cottage and about 50m east of the Church of the Holy Trinity.
  • II The Bell
    On the south side of the road towards the eastern end of Whitebrook valley and about 100m east of the Church of the Holy Trinity.
  • II Chimney of former Clearwater Mill
    On the north side of the Whitebrook valley road and about 350m west of the Church of the Holy Trinity.
  • II Wye Valley Millhouse
    On the north side of the road towards the eastern end of Whitebrook valley and about 200m east of the Church of the Holy Trinity.
  • II Clearwater House
    On the north side of the Whitebrook valley road and about 450m west of the Church of the Holy Trinity.
  • II Whitebrook Farmhouse
    At the eastern entrance to Whitebrook valley and about 400m east of the Church of the Holy Trinity.
  • II Pilstone Farmhouse
    Prominently sited across the slope on west side of the Wye Valley; Pilstone Farm is reached from the by-road that runs north from the main A466 where it crosses the river at Bigsweir Bridge. Approxima

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