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Former coach-house and stables at Wenvoe Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.4342 / 51°26'3"N

Longitude: -3.2678 / 3°16'3"W

OS Eastings: 311969

OS Northings: 171342

OS Grid: ST119713

Mapcode National: GBR HT.NW72

Mapcode Global: VH6FK.96TV

Plus Code: 9C3RCPMJ+MV

Entry Name: Former coach-house and stables at Wenvoe Castle

Listing Date: 10 October 2002

Last Amended: 10 October 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26993

Building Class: Recreational

Location: The stable courtyard forms a large rectangle attached to the back of the former castle.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Wenvoe (Gwenfô)

Community: Wenvoe

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Tagged with: Stable

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Main house was built to designs of Robert Adam for Peter Birt in 1776-7; it was mostly demolished in C20 though the surviving E pavilion forms the centre bay of the present club-house for Wenvoe Castle Golf Club. The stable courtyard, N of the house and attached to the rear of the former E pavilion, is attributed to Henry Holland, who was working at Cardiff Castle in the late 1770s and is contemporary with the Adam house of 1776-7. The whole property was taken over by the Golf Club in 1930s and has been adapted to its use since. The cobbled stable yard survives under later tarmac.


A quadrangular stable yard with buildings on 3 sides and an alcoved terrace built into the hillside on the fourth. Built of coursed dressed stone with ashlar dressings; mainly artificial slate roof with modillion eaves. Main entrance on the E downhill side. This has a central rectangular tower with wide and high carriage arch; shallow -pitched pyramidal roof with modillion eaves cornice; this is surmounted by a leaded clock tower, the clock faces in arched recesses, open above, with a bell-shaped roof and weathervane. All glazing replaced in UPVC ; openings are mainly unaltered though some are blocked or blind. Outer frontage consists of a long near-symmetrical 2-storey range with slightly projecting bays at each end and at centre: each bay except the centre has a 3-window range: small wide rectangular openings with sills to upper level under modillion eaves cornice; ground floor, below a dividing moulded string-course, has tall rectangular windows, tall round-arched openings at right end; tall centre archway reaching to just below eaves level with keystone and impost band has similar flanking windows to each floor; shallow plinth.

Inner face of this main entrance frontage, which also projects slightly, has a blind oculus flanked by blind/blocked rectangular windows to upper level. Tall carriage arch below with voussoirs and keystone and continuous impost band; upper loft openings across the range are small and wide; similar arches to each side, wider but altered to right, with blocked tympanum, tall flanking ground floor windows to each arch. The left range has a projecting pedimented central entrance bay with blind oculus; imposts and keystone to the carriage arch which has a part-glazed head and double boarded doors. Upper openings are similarly horizontal; on ground floor the section to left has an archway with semi-circular head flanked by rectangular windows; similar to right though the segmental-headed arch is lower; similar windows either side of the central carriage arch; extended at end to form shop at upper level. The right range is similar to left which it faces; both side arches have cambered heads; the central high arch now houses the club entrance, with modern coloured glass in pediment oculus. The terrace range, a revetment wall to the bank, has a series of segmental, round or basket-arched alcoves in the slope, some blind, blocked or altered, with a double flight of steps flanking the central projecting section leading to the higher parkland beyond.


Interior has been converted to golf-club use but some basic original fabric survives including roof trusses, stable floors, plaster etc .

Reasons for Listing

Listed notwithstanding alterations as a neo-classical building by a nationally important British architect. Group value with the Castle and the kitchen garden wall.

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  • II Former walled kitchen garden wall at Wenvoe Castle- W range
    This section of wall is opposite the main stable entrance.
  • II Grotto in Wenvoe Castle Park
    SW of the former castle in a tongue of woodland extending N from Bears Wood, close to the lake.
  • II Barn at Goldsland Farm
    At the centre of a farmyard complex situated some distance to W of Goldsland Farmhouse adjacent to Goldsland Brook.
  • II The Old Rectory
    In the centre of Wenvoe village, adjacent to the church, set back from the road within gardens, entered through a recessed bay to the front wall.
  • II* Church of St Mary
    In the centre of Wenvoe village, fronting the main thoroughfare, in a roughly rectangular churchyard entered through a stone arch at NE.
  • II Telephone Call-box on Village Green
    Beside pathway in open ground close to boundary wall at south end of village green; Churchyard opposite. Old Port Road along E side.
  • II Wenvoe War Memorial
    In a small memorial park at the centre of Wenvoe village on the W side of Old Port Road, c80m to the north of the St Mary’s church and just to the south of the Wenvoe Arms.
  • II* Church of St Bleiddian
    In the centre of St Lythans hamlet, set back from the road, reached by a short track and surrounded by a roughly circular walled churchyard incorporating stone stiles.

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