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A Grade II Listed Building in Maescar (Maes-car), Powys

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Latitude: 51.9162 / 51°54'58"N

Longitude: -3.5516 / 3°33'5"W

OS Eastings: 293382

OS Northings: 225319

OS Grid: SN933253

Mapcode National: GBR YG.PHP7

Mapcode Global: VH5FM.D39D

Entry Name: Pantglas

Listing Date: 28 October 2005

Last Amended: 28 October 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 86924

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated some 2km NNE of Heol Senni, down lane running E from crossroads.

County: Powys

Town: Brecon

Community: Maescar (Maes-car)

Community: Maescar

Locality: Heol Senni

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Substantial C16 to C17 house, apparently built in two halves. Occupied by John Stephens farmer 1926. The lateral chimney on the rear is exceptionally large. The phasing of the two parts has been suggested as the part with the lateral chimney preceding the part with the rear stair gable. However the latter has corbelled chimneys for upper rooms to each end, the one now onto the cross passage could have been originally external, making the passage behind the chimney and the end with the lateral stack the later.


House, whitewashed roughcast with slate roofs. Two storeys and attic with whitewashed C20 rendered end wall stacks, stone centre ridge stack and massive rear external chimney.
Windows are nearly all renewed, Brecon hopper type, square, 12-pane, with timber lintels. Front has C20 roof lights. Five bays irregularly spaced: first bay has 12-pane over a small window (marked as a door in 1968-9), second bay spaced well away from first has 12-pane over larger 12-pane, and is close to third bay with has a 9-pane window over main door in modern porch. Dripstone over the door. The big stone chimney marks the division between the two parts but there is not a structural joint. The right part has two 12-pane sashes above and two below with dripstones, and a third between the ground floor two (this window marked as blocked in 1968-9). Right end wall has corbelled external chimney. Left end has an external chimneybreast over an added lean-to (in 1965 there were outside steps to the first floor granary).
Rear has from right: two first floor windows, and one below, not aligned, then massive projecting rubble stone base of lateral chimney which has whitewashed rendered tall and leaning square stack. To left, between the lateral stack and a stair gable the roof is carried down slightly further and then continued down over a rear outshut with one big gabled dormer and ground floor left square window. This outshut overlaps the division between the two parts marked by the stone ridge chimney and slightly overlaps corner of stair gable to left. This has window at each landing level and plain gable. Final bay has eaves to original line and one window each floor, dripstone over upper window, hoodmould over lower.


Entrance hall has back of ground floor fireplace and corbelled base of first floor chimney on right. Massive beam, two stone corbels. Door on right into main E room with two beams and formerly with W end fireplace. Modern fireplace now on E end wall. The beam with two hollow mouldings on E wall in 1965 has gone. Stairs open off back wall, winding up around square pier. Cellar stairs below, right angled turn to cellar with cobbled floor and inset drain.
Entrance from hall into left room with lateral chimney on back wall. Lateral fireplace has big cambered-headed opening with stone voussoirs. Two main beams (a third is over entrance hall), the one to left of fireplace carried on stone pier. Kitchen beyond has two beams on stone corbels, big beam over end fireplace
Stairs open onto landing partly under outshut with massive beam over opening. First floor rooms mostly altered with modern partitions, fireplace to E end corbelled chimney blocked.
New attic stairs. Two attics with collar trusses, three to E, four to W. Trusses over W side are larger. Collars of W roof trusses have been moved up.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special historic interest as a substantial gentry house of C16 and C17 dates, with massive lateral chimney.

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