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A Grade II Listed Building in Forden with Leighton and Trelystan, Powys

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Latitude: 52.6046 / 52°36'16"N

Longitude: -3.1248 / 3°7'29"W

OS Eastings: 323920

OS Northings: 301355

OS Grid: SJ239013

Mapcode National: GBR B1.8TL0

Mapcode Global: WH79W.ZS4L

Entry Name: Nantcribba

Listing Date: 20 March 1998

Last Amended: 20 March 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19565

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located on a site of considerable historic importance, with adjoining earthwork castle and moated site. It is reached by a farm road crossing Offa's Dyke between the hamlets of Kingswood and Forden,

County: Powys

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan (Ffordun gyda Tre'r-llai a Threlystan)

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan

Locality: Nantcribba

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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The building is probably the sucessor to those represented by adjoining medieval earthworks. It was acquired by the 6th Earl of Stafford in the C15, who granted it to Meredith ap Cadwaladr ap Owen, his tenant, in 1446. Nantcribba descended through the Ireland family to Arthur Devereaux of Vaynor in the C17, the Devereaux descendants holding the property as Lords Hereford until c.1804, when it was leased to others. It was purchased in 1863 by John Naylor of Leighton Hall who built a new farmhouse, the present building, on a new site sometime after 1866, to serve a large model farm as part of the Leighton Estate. Naylor acquired the Estate in 1846-47 and embarked on an ambitious programme of building, principally Leighton Hall, church and Farm, which was largely completed by the mid 1850s. He continued to extend and improve the Estate until his death in 1889. His grandson, Captain J.M. Naylor, sold the Estate in 1931. The older house is probably that at Hen Nantcribba. The former parkland has now reverted to agricultural use.


Built of red brick in Flemish bond, with rock faced stone quoins and dressings. Slate roofs. Stone dressed brick stacks. Tall, 2 storeys and attic. 'T'-plan, with the main entrance in the re-entrant angle within a single storey porch with a flat roof behind a stone parapet. Twelve-paned sash windows, the openings with stone lintels with tapered chamfered lower arris, and stone sills. Canted bay window to the main drawing room. Round-headed windows in the gable ends serve the attic floor, together with one gabled dormer on the SE elevation. Some windows replaced in the late C20. Extending to the rear is a single storey range of service buildings and garage, with similar windows and part-glazed door. One lead ridge ventilator. A C20 glazed addition is attached to the SE side which has a canted bay window in the gable.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a mid C19 farmhouse in a style characteristic of the Leighton Estate, forming a group with its associated farm buildings: a very good example of a model farm complex and part of the development carried out by the Leighton Estate in this area.

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