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Upper House

A Grade II Listed Building in Cil-y-coed, Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.5968 / 51°35'48"N

Longitude: -2.7483 / 2°44'54"W

OS Eastings: 348260

OS Northings: 188930

OS Grid: ST482889

Mapcode National: GBR JJ.BMD8

Mapcode Global: VH87Z.94X6

Entry Name: Upper House

Listing Date: 28 October 1976

Last Amended: 8 August 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2738

Building Class: Domestic

Location: About 300m north of the Church of St Mary on the old road to Caerwent, now by-passed.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Newport

Community: Caldicot

Community: Caldicot

Built-Up Area: Cil-y-coed

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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The south-west wing is apparently of C16 origin with probably C17 alterations and with late C19 refurbishing, but the building has been so changed that interpretation is very difficult. It may be that the C16 house was a small 2-cell one which was enlarged and heightened in the C17. This view is confirmed by RCAHMW which describes it as an A-type house. There is a late C19 cross-wing at the north-east end. The whole gives the appearance of being a C17 hall-and-cross-wing house but the evidence available at resurvey is inconclusive.


The house is rendered, presumably over rubble stone, only the quoins on the north east gable are revealed, but the later wing could well be of brick, Welsh slate roofs. The front elevation of the south-west (earlier) wing is of two storeys and attics and five bays, with a gabled roof with flanking stacks. Five sash windows on the first floor with the glazing bars in upper parts only and with a cambered head to the centre window; centre attic sash with gable over. On the ground floor, a sash window with glazing bars in upper part only to each side of a central cambered headed doorway with half-glazed panelled door. All these features are late C19.
The south-west elevation to the road has a chamfered pointed stone doorway of C16 type to the cellar which has the original boarded door cut down as the ground level has risen considerably. The wall is blind above this apart from a small garret window with casement. Red brick stack on the gable above.The cross-wing to the right of the main elevation has quoins to the south-east gable end and a 2-storeyed canted bay window with slate roof and plate glass sashes. Plain bargeboards to the gable end, red brick stack on right hand elevation which also has a modern atttached porch and a sash window above, small extension, also with quoins, to the rear. The rear elevation of the house was not seen at resurvey.


Only partially seen at time of resurvey. On the ground floor the north-east room has a large chimney breast with the fireplace removed, and with a stopped and chamfered centre beam of minor importance. Similar beam in left hand ground floor room. Replacement staircase. There are also said to be stopped beams in the first floor rooms and mainly modern roof trusses, while the cellar room has a double ceiling with stopped and chamfered centre beam, but none of these were seen at resurvey.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an interesting survival of an C16 house later extended and adapted which, despite alteration, retains a number of ancient features.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Barn at Church Farm
    About 200m north of the Church of St Mary on Church Road in front of Church Farm.
  • II* Church Farmhouse
    About 200m north of the Church of St Mary approached off Church Raod via Taff Road
  • II The Manor Nursing Home
    About 50m west of the Church of St Mary and approached up a lane on the north side of the churchyard
  • I Church of St Mary
    About 400m north east of the centre of Caldicot village.
  • I Caldicot Castle
    About 300m east of the Church of St Mary and about 700m east of the centre of Caldicot Community.
  • II Ivy Lodge
    About 100m south east of the centre of Caldicot village.
  • II Court House
    About 300m south-east of Caldicot village centre approached off Chepstow Road
  • II Prospect House
    About 300m south east of Caldicot village centre.

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