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Quarryworkers Cottages at Aberclydach

A Grade II Listed Building in Talybont-on-Usk, Powys

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Latitude: 51.8835 / 51°53'0"N

Longitude: -3.3049 / 3°18'17"W

OS Eastings: 310283

OS Northings: 221355

OS Grid: SO102213

Mapcode National: GBR YS.RJW2

Mapcode Global: VH6C6.NXQG

Entry Name: Quarryworkers Cottages at Aberclydach

Listing Date: 20 January 1998

Last Amended: 17 December 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19235

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On the W side of the hamlet of Aberclydach in Cwm Clydach, built into the steep S bank and almost opposite the chapel.

County: Powys

Town: Talybont

Community: Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg)

Community: Talybont-on-Usk

Locality: Aberclydach

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Probably early C19, when the main valley road and pass through the mountains to Pontsticill appears to have been developed, most of the bridges dating from this period; this probably associated with the construction of the Brecknock and Abergavenny canal, reaching Talybont around 1800, and the need for a link between this and the industrial valleys to south. Built as a terrace of 4 quarryworkers' cottages, unmodernised and uninhabited since 1950s.


Plan is a version of dual row industrial housing, with two cottages entered at higher level to front on top of two cottages entered at ground floor level to rear, thus creating a tall and narrow building. Built of stone rubble formerly limewashed, now with corrugated roof with centre ridge and end stack, each presumably shared by two cottages on the vertical axis. To rear are the two lower cottage doorways with planked doors flanked by windows; above are small windows to ground floor, and very small windows to the first. Fronting lane similarly, two doors flanked by windows with small first floor openings, some blocked.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for their exceptional interest as a scarce surviving example of unaltered rural industrial housing of early C19.

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