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Former Crossing Keeper's Cabin

A Grade II Listed Building in Forden with Leighton and Trelystan (Ffordun gyda Tre'r-llai a Threlystan), Powys

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Latitude: 52.6214 / 52°37'16"N

Longitude: -3.1453 / 3°8'43"W

OS Eastings: 322564

OS Northings: 303239

OS Grid: SJ225032

Mapcode National: GBR B0.7VPK

Mapcode Global: WH79W.NCGQ

Entry Name: Former Crossing Keeper's Cabin

Listing Date: 29 October 2010

Last Amended: 29 October 2010

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87626

Location: Located at the end of a minor road leading SW from the A490 at Fron. Immediately to the south of Crossing Cottage Gate and facing onto the approach to the crossing over the Welshpool-Newtown railway l

County: Powys

Town: Forden

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan (Ffordun gyda Tre'r-llai a Threlystan)

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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Probably built later in the C19 as a cabin for the crossing keeper. The nearby Crossing Cottage Gate is dated 1862 and the Welshpool-Newtown railway line was in operation from 1861. The crossing carries over the railway towards the River Severn as a raised causeway and was presumably incorporated into the construction of the railway to provide access to the river.


Small cabin. Timber frame with plank cladding and brick end wall to left and corrugated tin roof. Single-storeyed, with central 4-panel timber door with glazed upper panels, and 4-pane casement window to right. External stepped brick chimney stack to left hand side. Long 5-pane windows to the rear and right hand side, presumably for visibility onto and along the railway line. Attached to the front of the cabin is a cast iron lever mechanism which possibly relates to the functioning of the cabin and the control of the crossing.


Single room plan with small cast iron range with shelf over to left and raised sleeping platform to right with evidence of former fittings to its underside. Concrete floor with hearth stone to the range. Tongue and groove timber lining to the ceiling. Other internal detailing survives including a mirrored glass to the rear window, roller blind and shelving to the front window

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special architectural interest as a good example of a particularly unusual and scarce building type which survives relatively intact. The cabin has strong vernacular character relating to its use in the functioning of the railway and retains original modest detailing and fittings.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Edderton Hall Hotel
    Located on a hilltop overlooking the Severn valley, and reached by a long driveway off the main Welshpool to Ludlow Road, 5 kilometres S of Welshpool.
  • II Cil-cewydd Bridge
    The road bridge carries the main Welshpool to Ludlow road over the River Severn, approximately 5km SE of Welshpool.
  • II Cil-cewydd Corn Mill
    Located on the E bank of the River Severn, below the causewayed approach of the A490 to the Severn Bridge, and alongside the main Cambrian (Shrewsbury to West Coast) railway line.
  • II Loading Bay and Weighhouse at Cil-cewydd Corn Mill
    At Cil-cewydd mill, the Loading Bay building stands on the E side of the service yard on the E side of the mill, partly built into the bank.
  • II Mill Office at Cil-cewydd Mill
    At Cil-cewydd Mill, the former mill office stands in the centre of the earlier approach road from the N.
  • II Outbuilding at Cil-cewydd Mill
    The mill is located on the E bank of the River Severn, below the causewayed approach of the A490 to the Severn Bridge, and alongside the main Cambrian (Shrewsbury to West Coast) railway line. The out
  • II Workman's Hut
    On W side of Cilcewydd Mill and E of railway line, between Mill race and River Severn.
  • II Pen-y-llan
    Located on a hilltop at the end of a long farm road which starts from near the centre of the hamlet of Forden.

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