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Sarn Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Carno, Powys

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Latitude: 52.5667 / 52°34'0"N

Longitude: -3.5444 / 3°32'39"W

OS Eastings: 295415

OS Northings: 297661

OS Grid: SN954976

Mapcode National: GBR 9H.CD00

Mapcode Global: WH68R.JRD5

Entry Name: Sarn Farmhouse

Listing Date: 12 November 1996

Last Amended: 12 November 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17580

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated at the end of a short farm road on the S side of the A470, and S of the Cambrian railway. The house faces N on to a yard, with the railway beyond.

County: Powys

Community: Carno

Community: Carno

Locality: Sarn

Built-Up Area: Carno

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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Late C18, and formerly an Inn on the Newtown to Machynlleth Turnpike, which was diverted when the railway was built. The first Montgomeryshire Turnpike Act was passed in 1769 and the house was probably built soon afterwards. The building is now a farmhouse.


Two-storeys with attic, 3-window range. The house has an integral lean-to on E side and a gabled wing at rear. Random rubble with renewed slate roof. Two end stacks, of stone to the left, blue brick to the right. Three renewed dormers with 2-light casements. The house is double-fronted, the front faced with unusually large blocks of stone. In the first floor are three equally placed 9-pane windows under segmental heads. These are repeated on the ground floor either side of a centrally-placed door, which is under a timber lintel. The door is planked and has a glazed panel. Lean-to to left has, in the return elevation, renewed window under a timber lintel in the lower storey, and a lately inserted window under the wall plate. The gabled wing at the rear has an outshut under a catslide roof, and an end stack in stone. The lateral wall on the west side is roughcast and has 3-iron frame windows inserted mid C20. Contemporary with these is a shallow C20 2-storeyed outshut at rear of main range. Single-storeyed gabled projection on the W side is of rubble stone, with a planked door on the S side, and a blocked doorway on the N side.


Main range has a 2-unit plan with central stair hall. Two-flight stair with some treads replaced. The partition between the hall and room to right has a light timber frame. The room to left has a large fireplace, with replaced bressumer and C19 brick range, and 2 chamfered spine beams with exposed joists. The door beside the fireplace leads to a former pantry, which has a cobbled floor. The gabled wing at rear has a fireplace with random rubble jambs, a chamfered bressumer, and a bread oven with cast iron door made by the Coalbrookdale Company. All original internal doorways have ledged and battened doors.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a prominently sited late C18 former inn faced with unusually large stones, retaining its original plan form and good interior detail.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Milestone
    On the N side of a short farm road to Sarn farm, on the S side of the A470, 1.5km NW of Carno church
  • II Plas Llysyn
    Situated at the end of a private road on the S side of the A470, with gardens to front and rear. On
  • II Capel Peniel
    Situated at W end of Carno village, opposite road to Llanllugan and Laura Ashley factory. Set back
  • II Ty Brith
    Situated approximately 400m NW of the church. The house faces S on to a driveway and yard.
  • II Milestone
    Situated opposite Carno church. The stone is set into the boundary wall of Llys-ywen.
  • II Milestone
    On the N side of a short farm road to Sarn farm, on the S side of the A470, 1.5km NW of Carno church
  • II Ynyth
    On the W side of an unclassified road between Carno and the Cerniog valley, approximately 50m south
  • II Tegfan
    On the W side of an unclassified road between Carno and the Cerniog valley, approximately 50m south

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