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Latitude: 52.5471 / 52°32'49"N
Longitude: -3.1649 / 3°9'53"W
OS Eastings: 321101
OS Northings: 294998
OS Grid: SO211949
Mapcode National: GBR 9Z.DPGH
Mapcode Global: VH686.375Q
Entry Name: Fron Farmhouse
Listing Date: 14 July 1997
Last Amended: 14 July 1997
Source ID: 18521
Building Class: Domestic
Location: Located at the end of a narrow lane running along the side of a valley. Probable platform site with ground sloping away sharply to the SW.
Community: Llandyssil (Llandysul)
Locality: Cefn y coed
Traditional County: Montgomeryshire
A 2-unit, timber framed house, C17 in origins. The roof was raised in the C18 to form one and a half storeys. In the early C19, an unusually tall brick extension was built onto the front of the house.
Timber framed 2-unit range of one and a half storeys, built on a low plinth under a slate roof. Red brick stack towards the centre. Adjoining the front of the house is a 4-storey, 1-unit extension, built of red brick on a masonry base under a slate roof. The timber framed range was originally of one storey, but at some time the walls were raised by one row of panels. The framing is well preserved to the rear of the house. It consists of 4 rows and 11 columns of panels filled with render or brick nogging. The E bay is possibly later than the W, and has probably been reduced in length at its east end. It is 5 panels wide, has a passing brace at its W end, a substantial mid rail and carpenters marks in the form of Roman numerals. The W bay consists of 6 narrow panels with cup and ring marks The stack is positioned above its E end. The front of the timber framed range has been partially obscured by the later brick extension, so that there is no evidence for an original doorway. To the E, the front is weather-boarded. The framing of the E gable truss is well preserved and the original roof principal rafters can clearly be seen. It is 5 panels wide, has a substantial mid rail and arched braces below the tie beams. A doorway between queen posts and blockings in the spine beam beneath them suggest that this was an intermediate truss and that a bay to its east has been taken down. Diagonal struts in gable apex. The W gable end is timber clad. There are small pane cast iron windows to the upper storey of the rear elevation and a larger one towards the W of the ground storey in a disturbed area now rendered over. There is also a cast iron window to the upper storey of the E end, and two C19 wooden casements to the upper storey of the front elevation. Elsewhere there are small pane C20 windows.
The construction of the brick range may have obstructed an earlier entrance, necessitating new doorways in the timber framed range: These are in the S side of each gable end within small, pitched, timber framed porches. Each one has a side entrance and a small cast iron window. There are also French windows to the W gable end and to the E side of the front. The red brick range is orientated N-S. The W elevation is entirely slate hung and contains a protruding side stack. There is a dentilled eaves course and the windows are under flat arches with gauged brick heads and with stone sills. The front-facing (S) gable end contains two C20 doorways to the masonry basement. There are windows to each of the 3 storeys above; an 8-pane horned sash to the first floor, a PVC-U window to the 2nd floor and 2 PVC-U windows to the third floor. To the E side there are two 8-pane horned sashes
The interior comprises a 2-unit plan form. The timber framing is well preserved inside and some wattle and daub panels survive. The masonry fireplaces have probably been rebuilt, but the timber lintels have been reinstated. There are original planked doors, and carpenters marks can be seen inside as well as outside. Said to be smoke blackening in the attic of the W unit and evidence for a cobbled floor.
Listed as a vernacular house with well preserved timber framing and exhibiting an interesting sequence of development from a single storey dwelling to a 2-storeyed house with an unusual C19 wing, and retaining some good detail including cast-iron windows.
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