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Latitude: 51.7794 / 51°46'45"N
Longitude: -2.7367 / 2°44'11"W
OS Eastings: 349274
OS Northings: 209224
OS Grid: SO492092
Mapcode National: GBR FK.Z1SN
Mapcode Global: VH870.JJ3S
Entry Name: The Great House
Listing Date: 27 September 2001
Last Amended: 27 September 2001
Source ID: 25770
Building Class: Domestic
Location: On an elevated site about 1.2km S of the church of St Michael, on the E side of a lane which runs N-S through Mitchel Troy Common.
Community: Mitchel Troy (Llanfihangel Troddi)
Community: Mitchel Troy
Traditional County: Monmouthshire
Probably mid to later C18; slightly altered in the C19.
A strikingly tall and austerely simple house, built of coursed rubble with quoins, a hipped slate roof, and extruded end-wall chimneys rendered above eaves level. It has a rectangular single-depth plan (modified by later additions to the rear); and a 3-storeyed, 3-window N elevation which was originally strictly symmetrical. Approached by a long flight of steps up through the front garden, the central doorway, protected by a pitched wooden canopy on brackets, has a simple wooden doorcase and a door with semicircular-headed Gothick-style glazing with intersecting Y-tracery. To the left at ground floor is a Victorian canted bay window with 4-pane sashed glazing and a hipped roof; to the right, a large 4-pane sash with red brick flat-arched head. The 1st floor has 3 smaller sashes which are similar to this except that the middle one is distinguished by a small relieving arch of brick; and the top floor has 3 disproportionately small square 1-light 4-pane casements immediately beneath the eaves. Attached to the W end wall is now a C20 conservatory; and at the rear of the W half is a 2-storey service wing (added in the C19 and subsequently enlarged twice).
In the SW corner of the E ground-floor room is a fine Georgian coved china cupboard, the lower half with fielded-panel doors and the upper with with 3 shaped shelves and a classical architrave including a fluted keystone and dentilled cornice at ceiling level. This and other rooms have fireplaces with eared architraves. At the rear of the entrance hall is an open-well staircase with closed string, turned newels and balusters, and a moulded handrail ramped at the landing.
Included as a good example of a simple Georgian design, with some original internal features of a quality denoting middle-class status and taste.
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