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Former icehouse to Dyffryn House

A Grade II Listed Building in Dyffryn Clydach, Neath Port Talbot

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Latitude: 51.68 / 51°40'48"N

Longitude: -3.8345 / 3°50'4"W

OS Eastings: 273260

OS Northings: 199510

OS Grid: SS732995

Mapcode National: GBR H1.5B7K

Mapcode Global: VH4K5.H16F

Entry Name: Former icehouse to Dyffryn House

Listing Date: 22 December 2003

Last Amended: 22 December 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82326

Building Class: Domestic

Location: In an overgrown site at the edge of a field some 200m SW of the site of Dyffryn House and approximately 450m SW of the Church of St Matthew.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Neath

Community: Dyffryn Clydach

Community: Dyffryn Clydach

Locality: Dyffryn

Built-Up Area: Neath

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Icehouse, possibly contemporary with Dyffryn House which was some 200m NE. Marked on OS First Edition of 1884. Dyffryn was built for Howel Gwyn in 1853-5, apparently to his own design, and demolished in the 1930s as unsold in 1927.


Icehouse, built mainly built below ground. Entrance to E has retaining wall of brick and squared stone with large stone lintel with shaped segmental arch. Step to entrance tunnel. To the W is top of circular domed brick icehouse with low wall and blocked entrance steps just further W.


E entrance has step down to tunnel going S with right-hand turn to W. Tunnel is mainly brick with some squared stone and has shallow segmental arched roof. Tunnel ends in circular brick domed-roofed ice-chamber.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special historic interest as an increasing rare example of a C19 ice-house.

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