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Soflen Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bro Garmon, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.099 / 53°5'56"N

Longitude: -3.7554 / 3°45'19"W

OS Eastings: 282565

OS Northings: 357196

OS Grid: SH825571

Mapcode National: GBR 66.8S92

Mapcode Global: WH664.8CZL

Entry Name: Soflen Farmhouse

Listing Date: 29 March 1974

Last Amended: 11 August 1997

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 140

Building Class: Domestic

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

County: Conwy

Communities: Bro Garmon

Community: Bro Garmon

Locality: Moel Trefriw

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

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.

Exterior

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.

Interior

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.

Reasons 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.

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