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Vale View

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.7706 / 51°46'14"N

Longitude: -4.3937 / 4°23'37"W

OS Eastings: 234936

OS Northings: 210704

OS Grid: SN349107

Mapcode National: GBR DB.ZQTL

Mapcode Global: VH3LT.SRLJ

Entry Name: Vale View

Listing Date: 30 November 1966

Last Amended: 5 November 2002

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 9406

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Set slightly back from the street, on the S side of the road, within a small railed forecourt, immediately W of Brook Cottages.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Carmarthen

Community: Llansteffan

Community: Llansteffan

Built-Up Area: Llansteffan

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Mid C18 gentry house, an inn in the C19. In 1861 The Bull Inn, run by Elizabeth Collcut. It had ceased to be a public house before 1881, when 'Bull House' was occupied by Jacob James, mason, and family.


House, unpainted stucco with slate eaves roof and small C20 brick end stacks. T-plan. Formal frontage of 2 storeys, 5-window range, with striking large wooden modillion cornice to eaves. Centre square-headed, panelled timber door with added gabled thin timber porch with decorated barge board with miniature collar truss and central pendant. Remarkable survival of original 18-pane sashes, with flush frames and stone sills. Cast iron rainwater goods.
Left gable end mainly in rubble stone with repairs and refacing in red brick. Right end is rendered and painted. Long, lower rear wing, set W of centre, rubble stone, slate roof, with big external stone stack to S gable end. Stack has rendered shaft and corniced head. First floor opening to W has timber lintel. E side has C20 pointed-headed window.


Not available for inspection. Earlier descriptions record original open string staircase with elegantly turned balusters and ramped handrails. The parlour had large fielded panels and heavy, moulded stucco cornice. Similar panels to the bedroom above. An unusual detail is the verses on some of the window panes, dating from 1747-1778, inscribed by John Blome, relating to his wife's untimely death in 1747. The verses quote from classical mythology, the scriptures, and probably contemporary poetry.

Reasons for Listing

Included at II* as a particularly good quality survival of a complete C18 domestic facade with good internal features, exceptional in the region.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Ffynnon Fair
    At E end of the retaining wall of Ffynnon Fair house, set into the wall by the roadside.
  • II Ffynnon Fair House
    Set back from the street, on the N side of the road, within a walled, lawned forecourt.
  • II* Church of St Ystyffan
    Within a stone walled cemetery, on the SW corner of the junction of High Street and Church Street.
  • II Park Villa
    Set back from the street within a lawned forecourt, immediately N of Plas-y-Coed.
  • II Plas-y-Coed
    Set well back from the street, situated beyond a lawned forecourt with decorative railings, immediat
  • II Telephone Call-box outside the Old Pound.
    At the junction of High Street and Church Street. Immediately beside The Old Pound, NE of the church
  • II Railings and area walls at Plas-y-Coed and Park Villa.
    Situated at the side of the pavement on the W side of Church Street, E of Plas-Y-Coed and Park Villa
  • II The Sticks Hotel
    Situated directly N of the junction with Church Street, on the street line immediately E of Red Lion

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