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Steps Farmhouse (aka Steppes Farm)

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangattock-Vibon-Avel, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8261 / 51°49'33"N

Longitude: -2.7621 / 2°45'43"W

OS Eastings: 347571

OS Northings: 214437

OS Grid: SO475144

Mapcode National: GBR FJ.W1H2

Mapcode Global: VH86T.2CMG

Plus Code: 9C3VR6GQ+C4

Entry Name: Steps Farmhouse (aka Steppes Farm)

Listing Date: 19 March 2001

Last Amended: 19 March 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25041

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Set back above the N side of the road, approximately 0.8km W of the centre of Rockfield village.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Llangattock-Vibon-Avel (Llangatwg Feibion Afel)

Community: Llangattock-Vibon-Avel

Locality: Rockfield

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

This building is one of a number of examples in this area of C17 or early C18 enlargement by the addition of a 2-storey range across one end of an earlier and smaller house. Others include Graig House (Cross Ash), Trebella (Cross Ash), Red House Farm and Pen-y-fedw (Llangattock-Vibon-Avel).

Exterior

A substantial farmhouse built in 2 distinct phases, probably the early C17 and early C18, recently restored as a private dwelling. Built of coursed small sandstone rubble, with slate roofs. It has an L-shaped plan, with the earlier portion on a N-S axis now forming a rear service wing to the right-hand half of the later main range facing south. This is 2½-storeyed over a cellar, and has a symmetrical 3-window facade: a central doorway up 5 steps, with part-glazed double doors and a plain architrave with a small cornice; tall 20-pane sash windows at ground floor and shorter 16-pane sashes at 1st floor, all with rubble voussoirs; a hipped roof with 3 small 2-light hipped dormers, and end-wall chimneys. To the L of the doorway and at a lower level is a segmental-headed cellar doorway and a small window. At the rear the W bay of this range has a doorway at ground floor (probably relacing a window) and a window above this, both with recent plastic-framed glazing, the centre has a small stair-window, and there is a hipped dormer in the roof. The W side of the rear wing, which is 2-storeyed and probably of 2 structural bays, has a modern gabled porch near the back of the main range, a pair of casement windows under a single lintel beam at ground floor, and a 3-light casement to the upper floor with a dormer gable over it. To the right of the porch is a vertical joint in the masonry, and in line with this portion of the wall is a chimney stack at the junction of the roofs. At the rear gable a flight of steps leads to a modern porch into the upper floor.

Interior

The rear wing has a large inglenook fireplace backing onto the junction with the front range, with an oak bressummer; and large lateral beams. The front range contains an early-mid C18 staircase, and original principal-rafter roof trusses.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a fine Renaissance-influenced farmhouse, incorporating elements of an earlier and smaller house.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Former cider-mill to S of Steps Farmhouse
    On the bank above the road immediately the E side of the entrance to Steps Farm, approximately 0.8km W of the centre of Rockfield village.
  • II* Swiss Cottage
    Reached from B4233 at the S end of Rockfield; approximately 0.5km along the tree-lined former drive to the Hendre. Secluded setting beside brook.
  • II Church of St Cenhedlon (aka Rockfield Church)
    Near the centre of Rockfield village, in a wooded hollow where the road skirts the edge of a westward meander of the River Monnow.
  • II* Pentwyn
    To W of B 4347, about 100 metres NW of Rockfield Church.
  • II Rockfield School
    At north end of village; at right angles to the road with playground to front.
  • II Fairoaks
    Set back behind front garden approximately 0.5km east of The Hendre.
  • II Monmouth Lodge
    Built in the acute angle formed by the junction of the drive with the B4233, approximately 200m SE of the centre of Rockfield village.
  • II Gateway next to Monmouth Lodge
    At the entrance to the drive to Rockfield House, approximately 200m SE of the centre of Rockfield village.

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