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Talsarn Smithy

A Grade II Listed Building in Nantcwnlle, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.1856 / 52°11'8"N

Longitude: -4.1291 / 4°7'44"W

OS Eastings: 254543

OS Northings: 256291

OS Grid: SN545562

Mapcode National: GBR DP.4JFH

Mapcode Global: VH4GH.CBZB

Entry Name: Talsarn Smithy

Listing Date: 26 November 1996

Last Amended: 26 November 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17803

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Situated in Talsarn village, on E side of B 4337 nearly opposite Red Lion Inn.

County: Ceredigion

Town: Lampeter

Community: Nantcwnlle (Nancwnlle)

Community: Nantcwnlle

Locality: Talsarn

Traditional County: Cardiganshire

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Smithy on site said to be recorded from C16. Associated with Llanllyr mansion, Llanfihangel Ystrad. Probably rebuilt in early C19


Squared rubble stone with asbestos sheet hipped roof. Single-storey, rectangular, with two small windows left and centre, each with stone voussoirs and casement pair windows, one glazed, one shuttered. To right, full height broad opening with C20 metal doors. Small stone stack on rear wall. C20 asbestos clad lean-to on N end. S end rubble stone with stone angle and centre piers, apparently an infilled two-bay opening.


Two rooms, S end divided off by rubble wall. Main N part is smithy with double hearth against rear walls, originally with two sets of bellows, those to left removed, but curved indent in wall to N marks position. Unusual cylindrical bellows to right. Additional hearth on S wall with bellows in SE corner. Smoke blackened collar-truss roof, bolted collars.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its completeness as an early C19 rural smithy with internal fittings; still in use (1996).

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