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Soflen Farmhouse, Bro Garmon

Description: Soflen Farmhouse

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 March 1974
Cadw Building ID: 140

OS Grid Coordinates: 282565, 357196
Latitude/Longitude: 53.0987, -3.7541

Location: Bro Garmon, Conwy, Conwy LL26 OSU

Locality: Bro Garmon
County: Conwy
Country: Wales
Postcode: LL26 OSU

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Listing Text

Located approximately 1.3km NW of Nebo, immediately E of an unclassified lane running NW from Nebo to join the A470.

Late C16 or early C17 sub-medieval, storeyed, cross-passage and end-chimney house. Apparently in the ownership of the Morris family in the mid C18; its early history is otherwise mysterious. Minor alterations of the third-quarter C19, including the addition to the rear of a single-storey service block.

Cross-passage plan, remarkably with both original post-and-panel partitions surviving. That to the R, leading to the former hall, has a central Tudor-arched entrance with boarded door; that to the L has twin entrances to the centre, that to the L with Tudor arch and that to the R with ogee head and original plank door. The dividing wall between these is also a primary post-and-panel partition. Stopped-chamfered ceiling beams and joists throughout and wide, stopped-chamfered, 5-centred-arched bressummer to hall fireplace; to the R of this a boarded cupboard, the site of the original stone winding stair.

Storeyed house of rubble construction, partly on boulder foundations and set gable -end into a slope. End chimneys with original weathercoursing and plain capping; slate roof with tiled ridge. Off-centre entrance (to L) with cyclopean Tudor-arched lintel; candle-niche within internal porch, modern part-glazed door. Flanking modern tripartite cross-windows to original openings with lowered cills; C19 slatestone lintels, currently whitened. Two 2-light modern casement windows to first floor with lintels as before; projecting slate cills throughout. Primary opposing entrance to rear with pegged oak, stopped-chamfered doorcase with Tudor arch; boarded door. To the L a 12-pane C19 casement window with a similar, smaller one above; small, contemporary light with C19 4-pane window to first-floor at R. 2 further casement windows to ground floor of road-facing (L) gable. Adjoining to the rear, R of the entrance, a C19 single-storey gabled range, construction as before; end chimney with plain cornice and weathercoursing, contemporary pots. Boarded entrance to L with recessed 16-pane casement to R.

Reason for Listing
Listed Grade II* for the special historic interest of its origins as a sub-medieval gentry house and for its well-preserved original interior features; one of the finest regional examples of its type.

W. Beazant Lowe, The heart of Northern Wales, Vol.2, 1927;
E. Hubbard, Clwyd, Buildings of Wales series, 1987, p238;
P. Smith, Houses of the Welsh Countryside, 1988, drawings 83, 156 and 174; maps 27,33, 35 and 37, and photo 60.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Located approximately 1.3km NW of Nebo, immediately E of an unclassified lane running NW from Nebo to join the A470.

Source: Cadw

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