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Bryn y brain

A Grade II Listed Building in Glantwymyn, Powys

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Latitude: 52.5872 / 52°35'14"N

Longitude: -3.7529 / 3°45'10"W

OS Eastings: 281338

OS Northings: 300268

OS Grid: SH813002

Mapcode National: GBR 96.B2M4

Mapcode Global: WH68N.B74D

Entry Name: Bryn y brain

Listing Date: 5 August 2004

Last Amended: 5 August 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 83005

Location: In an upland location, approx. 1.5km from Tal y wern, but reached by lanes and a track from Penegoes.

County: Powys

Community: Glantwymyn

Community: Glantwymyn

Locality: Tal y wern

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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Small late C18-early C19 farmhouse. The front of the house now faces S with entrance offset to centre, though there could have been a lobby entrance to the N side. Shown on the tithe map of 1846. Some work was undertaken to the house in the 1930s, including a new window to the living room.


Two-storey 2-window farmhouse constructed of shaley rubble stone with limewash under a slate roof with stone end stacks. Entrance offset slightly R of centre with boarded door under a slate-hung lintel. Two-light wooden casement window, also with slate-hung lintel, to R of door; larger 3-light casement to L of door, said to be of 1930s. The upper storey has 2 x 2-light wooden casements beneath the eaves. Tiny light to S gable end. The rear has a boarded door to L end (possibly a former lobby entrance) with slate-hung lintel. Immediately to its R is a 6-pane window with similar lintel. Further R is a lean-to of corrugated iron with doorway in L return. Upper storey has small 2-light wooden casement to L. Adjoining the N gable end is a small stone range which probably contained a granary. It has a 3-light wooden window to the N side, and external stone stairs to the gable end leading to a planked door.


The main room to the S end has a large stone fireplace with moulded timber lintel. Enclosed timber staircase to R side of fireplace. Spine beam to ceiling with shallow chamfer and cut stops; plain joists. The smaller room to the N has been divided, with stair-hall to front with early C21 timber staircase, and bathroom to rear. To the L of the entrance is the former outbuilding, now kitchen, the ceiling of which has chamfered joists.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare example in this area of a small upland farmhouse retaining its character.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Pen-rhiw-las
    Situated in an upland location above and to the N of Melinbyrhedyn, but reached by lanes and a track from Penegoes to the W.
  • II Rhiwgoch
    Located within a bend on a lane which runs S from Tal y Wern, and approx. 0.5km from the village.
  • II Multi-purpose farm building at Gydrhos
    Located opposite the farmhouse, fronting the E side of the road from Melinbyrhedyn to Tal y wern.
  • II Gydrhos
    Located off the E side of a lane running NE from Melinbyrhedyn to Tal y wern, and approx. 0.75km from Melinbyrhedyn.
  • II Yr Efail
    Located in the centre of Melinbyrhedyn, on the N side of a minor no-though road leading towards the E.
  • II Telephone call-box, Darowen.
    Located outside the entrance gates to the Church of St Tudyr, on the N side of the road.

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