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1 Concrete Cottages

A Grade II Listed Building in Tregynon, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.575 / 52°34'30"N

Longitude: -3.3333 / 3°19'59"W

OS Eastings: 309743

OS Northings: 298303

OS Grid: SO097983

Mapcode National: GBR 9R.BXP4

Mapcode Global: WH79Z.RJXR

Entry Name: 1 Concrete Cottages

Listing Date: 31 January 1997

Last Amended: 31 January 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18145

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located at the S end of Tregynon village, approximately 100m E of entrance to Gregynog Estate.

County: Powys

Community: Tregynon

Community: Tregynon

Built-Up Area: Tregynon

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History

Constructed in unreinforced concrete c1870 by Henry Hanbury-Tracy as part of the
Gregynog Estate. Hanbury-Tracy's use of the material on the Gregynog Estate was
intended to demonstrate the benefits of building in concrete, which it was said reduced the cost of a house by nearly a half compared to brick or stone construction. The striking appearance of Concrete Cottages on the main road through Tregynon suggests that they were intended to advertise the use of the new material. The concrete was made from river gravel and brick fragments bonded with cement. It was laid in wet courses directly on to the wall using timber shuttering and finished with a skim coat of render. Concrete was also used for chimneys, floor slabs, partition walls, fireplace and stair construction. Originally the building had a roof of concrete slabs, although these were subsequently
covered by slates.

Exterior

Planked front door with a fixed light inserted. At the rear the lean-to and stair projection were enlarged late C20.

Interior

The porch opens into a small entrance lobby. The 2 ground floor rooms formerly had back-to-back fireplaces of which one concrete overmantle survives. The sitting room has a single timber cross-beam with exposed joists. Concrete floor slabs are said to survive beneath modern tiles and carpet. Concrete dog-leg stair. Cast iron T-section rafters support concrete slabs, with slates laid over them. Ledged and battened doors throughout.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as 2 cottages of special interest for representing early experimentation with
concrete, and for their striking Gothick appearance in a prominent location advertising the use of the new material. They make an important contribution to the surviving group of concrete buildings in Tregynon.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II 2 Concrete Cottages
    Located at the S end of Tregynon village, approximately 100m E of entrance to Gregynog Estate.
  • II Sawmill Lodge
    Located on the N side of the E entrance of Gregynog Hall, close to the junction with the B4389 through Tregynon, and approximately 0.4km S of parish church.
  • II Tregynon School Boundary Wall
    Located at a junction of 2 minor roads 50m SW of parish church. The wall forms the S and E boundary of the school, and extends W to the front of the School House.
  • II Tregynon School
    Located 50m SW of parish church at a junction of 2 minor roads opposite Church House Farm. Set within a playground walled in concrete on the S and E sides and bounded by the School House on the W sid
  • II The School House
    Located on N side of the road leading SW from parish church and approximately 70m from the church. The house is set back from the road, with the school immediately to the E.
  • II Church of St Cynon
    Located on raised ground on W side of village, overlooking Bechan valley. The church is sited in a churchyard with rubble retaining wall to S.
  • II Church Cottage
    Backs on to E side of churchyard, and set back slightly from the road through the village.
  • II Bron Rhys
    On the N side of the B4389 Tregynon to Bettws Cedewain road approximately 1km SE of Tregynon church. The house is reached by a short farm road and is behind a modern farmhouse.

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