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Cornwallis Flats

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9676 / 51°58'3"N

Longitude: -3.876 / 3°52'33"W

OS Eastings: 271219

OS Northings: 231562

OS Grid: SN712315

Mapcode National: GBR Y1.L76P

Mapcode Global: VH4HL.RTS0

Entry Name: Cornwallis Flats

Listing Date: 20 July 1999

Last Amended: 20 July 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22017

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated just SW of Llanwrda Primary School, set back from road.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Llanwrda

Communities: Llanwrda

Community: Llanwrda

Built-Up Area: Llanwrda

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Unusually large almshouses built in 1793-5. Letitia Cornwallis left £400 in the 1730s to house spinsters of sound repute. Due to disputes the will was not implemented until the 1790s. The two 2-storey parallel blocks with short connecting range, i.e. H-plan, suggest an internal plan of some sophistication but this was altered in conversion to flats. The 5-bay main ranges originally had 3 doors according to 1948 photographs (now one) and there were entries in lean-tos each side of the connecting spine. Said to have been originally 4 flats, 2 each floor in each range, altered 1974 to 4 single flats and 2 double flats.

Exterior

Almshouses, now flats. Dry-dash C20 cladding, replacing roughcast, hipped slate roofs with modillion cornices and rendered chimneys. Two storeys, H-plan, of two 5-window ranges facing S and N, linked by a short parallel-roofed hipped block with long lean-tos E and W. Each range has 4 rear wall chimneys. Detail is mostly C20 echoing original, 12-pane horned sashes with concrete sills. Original single centre front door to each range with radiating-bar fanlight and panelled door (originally there were 3 such doors, the outer ones blocked on S front, N front unrecorded). One-window range to each end wall, and long lean-to roofs between end walls have C20 mirror-paired 2 doors and 2 windows.

Interior

Said to be much altered in conversion, but rear range has centre passage with hall arch and stairs off right end apparently original.

Reasons for Listing

Included despite alterations as a Georgian almshouse group of remarkable scale and design.

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