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The Vulcan

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangurig, Powys

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Latitude: 52.4221 / 52°25'19"N

Longitude: -3.5526 / 3°33'9"W

OS Eastings: 294517

OS Northings: 281585

OS Grid: SN945815

Mapcode National: GBR 9G.NHZC

Mapcode Global: VH5C3.CDR3

Entry Name: The Vulcan

Listing Date: 24 March 2005

Last Amended: 24 March 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 84302

Location: Situated in the centre of Cwmbelan village on the S side of the main street, now by-passed by the A470.

County: Powys

Community: Llangurig

Community: Llangurig

Locality: Cwmbelan

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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A 2-unit 2-storey cottage, probably C18, later converted to a public house. The front was probably rebuilt in the C19 in small-scantling close-studding, a rear lean-to stable probably contemporary. There was a smithy against the W end, in the form of a lean-to. The building reverted to domestic use in the 1970s.


Two-storey 2-unit cottage with lobby-entrance to R end and irregular arrangement of windows. The front is plastered and rendered over small-scantling close-studding on a plinth; E gable end is box-panelled, the panelling 4 tiers high with no evidence that the roof has been raised. Slate roof, stone end stack to R, and small stone eaves stack to L of centre to front. The entrance contains a boarded door within a wooden doorcase. To the L are small-pane wooden windows with fine glazing bars, mainly 2-light casements. The ground floor has 3 windows; 1st floor has 2 windows not aligned with those below. The E gable end has 2 small C20 wooden casements to each floor, within the box-panelling. The rear wall is of brick, with lean-to stable, recently weather-boarded over small-scantling close-studding. It has a wooden casement to E side, rear not seen. Against the W end is a stone lean-to which housed the former smithy. Its front entrance has old split doors with carved initials, under a segmental brick head.


Inside the lobby entrance is the hall, the large stone fireplace with chamfered timber lintel. On the L side are winding timber stairs with plain narrow balusters, moulded handrail and a square newel post, slightly chamfered, with a rounded top. These are possibly C18, but there is a niche behind suggesting there was an earlier staircase. The ceiling has 2 spine beams with shallow chamfer and run-out stops, and plain joists which may be later. Smaller reception room to L, with similar spine beams to ceiling. Exposed timber-framing to front and side walls. Small-scantling close-studding is also exposed in the rear lean-to, now a service room. The W lean-to is supported by a half tie-beam truss. Upstairs, the 2 bedrooms are open to the roof, the partition between of small-scantling close-studding, but with evidence of alteration; to the L is part of a cambered beam, whilst a doorway cuts through the R side.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good C18 vernacular cottage retaining its character and external and internal detail, the attached smithy of additional interest.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Zion Baptist Chapel and attached chapel house
    Situated in the centre of Cwmbelan village on the N side of the main street, now by-passed by the A470.
  • II Cwmbelan Mill
    Situated towards the E of Cwmbelan village, on the S side of the main street.
  • II Glanyrafon
    Situated at the E end of Cwmbelan village. Set back slightly, on the S side of the main road, and reached by a short driveway.
  • II Bryn dulas
    Set in gardens and reached by a short drive off the A470.
  • II Multi-purpose Farm Building at Bryn dulas
    Located up a short track off the A470. The farmyard is set apart from the house, slightly to the N.
  • II Bwlch y garreg
    Located on the hillside above the A470, and reached off the N side of a lane which leads to Tylwch

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