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High Glanau

A Grade II* Listed Building in Mitchel Troy, Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.7631 / 51°45'46"N

Longitude: -2.7285 / 2°43'42"W

OS Eastings: 349817

OS Northings: 207403

OS Grid: SO498074

Mapcode National: GBR JK.00CN

Mapcode Global: VH870.NYDB

Entry Name: High Glanau

Listing Date: 22 February 1989

Last Amended: 27 September 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2813

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Off the W side of the road, approached along a wooded drive on Trellech Hill, and set in its own grounds. On a levelled site with sloping lawns to either side and spectacular views to west.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Mitchel Troy (Llanfihangel Troddi)

Community: Mitchel Troy

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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Built 1922-3. Designed by Eric Francis (former assistant to Guy Dawber and Detmar Blow) in collaboration with H Avray Tipping. The latter was, from 1907, the chief writer for 'Country Life' and a leading C20 architectural patron and historian. He lived here for the last 10 years of his life. The grounds were laid out by Tipping in a style similar to that practised by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.


Two storeys, in free Arts and Crafts/Tudor style. Constructed of local part coursed rubble with steep slate roofs and swept eaves; brought down very low to either end creating broad gables. Rubble chimney stacks to W facing pitch with cornice and neck bands. Casement windows of varying widths, mostly with small leaded panes; those to the ground floor and stairwell have local red sandstone frames with mullions, cornices and cills.The 6-bay entrance front (to E) is deliberately asymmetrical and composed around 2 tall projecting bays crowned by gables with stepped kneelers. That to the left is part slate-hung and includes the main entrance - 9-panel door with lean-to hood and metal sign; that to the right contains the staircase and has 1 window to the front face. Set back bays to either side of staircase with high eaves and slate hanging to 1st floor; that to left has a cross frame window. The extreme left end bays sweep down low. Slate hung gable ends with broad 6-light windows and similar kneelers; attic window to right. Attached to left gable is a stone wall, with recess for water tap and basin, screening the sheltered S terrace. At the right end is an integral outhouse range balanced by a small cross range to the kitchens, both single storey; side entrances. The garden front is composed of 3 gabled bays to centre, all slate hung to 1st floor and with 3-light windows (with transoms to ground floor). Small pane sun loggia doors to right up steps. The terrace is protected to N by the cross range projecting from the gable end - this has a hipped end with swept eaves.

Group value with other listed items at High Glanau.


The interior was specifically designed to contain Tipping's collection of pictures and furniture. The living room, lit from both sides, has a C17 character with ribbed plasterwork to the compartmented beamed ceiling; stone fireplace. Similar plasterwork to the Parlour which is wainscoted. The dog-leg staircase has pierced splat balusters.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an excellent example of 1920s domestic Arts-and-Crafts style, for its association with H. Avray Tipping, and as part of a coherent contemporary group.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Terraces at High Glanau
    Off the W side of the road, approached along a wooded drive on Trellech Hill, immediately on the W s
  • II Garage at High Glanau
    Approached down wooded drive; the house is set in its own grounds. To NE of house.
  • II Gardener's Cottage at High Glanau
    Above and to NE of the house which is set in its own wooded grounds. The cottage lies between the u
  • II Garden Wall and Pergola at High Glanau
    To S of the house reached along a broad, tree-lined path, formerly with herbaceous borders, divides
  • II Greenhouse at High Glanau
    Approximately 5m S of Garden Wall to S of High Glanau
  • II Glanau Farm, Barn to S of
    About 20m S of Glanau Farmhouse, in an elevated position on the W facing slope of hills overlooking
  • II Glanau Farm
    A little over 5km SSW of Monmouth, in an elevated position on the W facing slope of hills overlookin
  • II Barn at Loysey
    About 1000m to the north west of the Church of St Nicholas approached down a track off the west side

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