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Terraced steps at The Gables

A Grade II Listed Building in Abercarn, Caerphilly

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Latitude: 51.6463 / 51°38'46"N

Longitude: -3.1346 / 3°8'4"W

OS Eastings: 321592

OS Northings: 194771

OS Grid: ST215947

Mapcode National: GBR J0.7D89

Mapcode Global: VH6DG.MW7C

Entry Name: Terraced steps at The Gables

Listing Date: 28 August 2001

Last Amended: 28 August 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25738

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Set in the sloping garden below the garden frontage of the house.

County: Caerphilly

Community: Abercarn

Community: Abercarn

Built-Up Area: Abercarn

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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Probably contemporary with the house which was probably built around the time of the First World War. The paved area adjacent to the terraced steps was formerly a glasshouse with boiler house beneath.


This feature consists of an asymmetrical stone staircase rising from a grassy terrace, formerly used for tennis, to the paved terrace fronting the house. Built of stone rubble, some rockfaced, with roughly dressed stone coping. The base, with swept sides, shallow coping stones and roughly dressed quoins, incorporates a segmental arched alcove with rough voussoirs which formerly held a seat. Two rounded approach steps to right, then the flight of steps returns behind the recess, then turns again to ascend the slope in 3 uneven sections, flanked by low walls with end piers.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an interesting garden feature for group value with the house.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II The Gables
    Near the centre of Abercarn, set on a wooded terrace high above Commercial Road and reached by a drive off Rhyswg Road.
  • II Abercarn War Memorial
    In the centre of Abercarn Village, just E of the main thoroughfare, within a rectangular enclosed, part paved, public garden.
  • II Welsh Presbyterian Church
    On a steeply wooded slope, close to the Church of St Luke, reached by a steep flight of steps from Gwyddon Road to S and by a drive from Twyn Road just off High Street.
  • II* Church of St Luke
    Set into the wooded hillside above the Ebbw Vale just above the centre of Abercarn, reached up a side road and approached through a shallow stone tiled gateway and up a steep terraced double flight of
  • II English Baptist Church and walled forecourt
    Just S of Abercarn village on the main thoroughfare between Abercarn and Cwmcarn.
  • II English Baptist Church Sunday School
    At right angles to the English Baptist Church, side-on to the main thoroughfare.
  • II Rhyswg Fawr Farmhouse and walled forecourt
    High on the mountain reached by a long lane and track rising from the SE end of Abercarn village, on the S side of the Gwyddon valley.
  • II Barn at Rhyswg Fawr
    Close to and on the same axis as the farmhouse but separated from it by a deep well; set into the slope a little downhill.

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