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Old Post Office

A Grade II Listed Building in Talgarth, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9955 / 51°59'43"N

Longitude: -3.233 / 3°13'58"W

OS Eastings: 315441

OS Northings: 233721

OS Grid: SO154337

Mapcode National: GBR YW.JJP5

Mapcode Global: VH6BV.X36L

Entry Name: Old Post Office

Listing Date: 20 February 2020

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87795

Location: On the south side of the junction of High Street and Bell Street.

County: Powys

Community: Talgarth

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

History

A Post Office is said to have been established in Talgarth in 1858, but the present building was probably built in the late C19 as part of a block of 3 shops, with dwellings above. Continued in use as a post office until the late 1970s. It was in use as a museum at the time of inspection in December 2019.

Exterior

The Old Post Office is part of a three-storey block (i.e. 1-3 Bell Street), of red brick with yellow-brick sill bands and blue-brick impost bands, under a hipped slate roof with brick stacks. The angle of the building at the road junction is canted, and provides the visual focus for the shop entrance. This is recessed, flanked by 2-light plate glass shop windows facing each street, all framed by Tuscan pilasters and consoles supporting the cornice. The fascia is replaced. Facing Bell Street is a residential entrance in a panelled recess with doorcase similar to the shop-front detail. There is a panelled door, under a plain overlight, but its lower panels have been replaced by plain boarding. Windows are 2-pane sashes under shallow triangular heads, except for a 2-storey oriel window above the shop entrance, which has double sash windows in each storey, all lately renewed.

Interior

Inside the original shop fittings survive intact. They include 2 shop counters, behind which is a virtually complete set of shelves, and drawers, built around a simple fireplace. They are of varying sizes, and some of the shelves and turned supports. A half-lit door with coloured glass margin lights opens to the hallway of the residence, while a plainer panel door opens to a store room at the back.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-preserved example of a corner commercial building of a type characteristic in towns in the late nineteenth-century, with the special interest of its rare surviving original shop fittings.

This structure has been afforded Interim Protection under the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. It is an offence to damage this structure and you may be prosecuted.

To find out more about Interim Protection, please visit the statutory notices page on the Cadw website. For further information about this structure, or to report any damage please contact Cadw.

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  • II The Bridge End Inn
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  • II Bridge House
    Located along the left (W) bank of the River Enig, immediately N of Talgarth Bridge.
  • II Phoenix House (Black Mountain Interiors)
    At the north-east end of the High Street, set back slightly from the road behind a raised pavement and railings, approximately 50m from the corner of Bell Street and the Enig Bridge.
  • II Talgarth Bridge
    Located at the centre of the town, spanning the River Enig, and adjoining the Tower House.
  • II Glanant
    Located along the left (W) bank of the River Enig, immediately N of Talgarth Bridge.
  • II* Tower House including attached shop
    Located at the corner of the Square, at the side of the A479, adjoining the bridge over the River Enig.
  • II Talgarth Mill
    Located on the right bank of the river Enig, about 50m above Talgarth Bridge, with access at the side of the Town Hall.

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