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Llangattock Manor with its associated garden terrace

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangattock-Vibon-Avel, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8366 / 51°50'11"N

Longitude: -2.7889 / 2°47'20"W

OS Eastings: 345738

OS Northings: 215630

OS Grid: SO457156

Mapcode National: GBR FH.VDTQ

Mapcode Global: VH79B.L3ZC

Entry Name: Llangattock Manor with its associated garden terrace

Listing Date: 19 March 2001

Last Amended: 19 March 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25030

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Approximately 1km N of The Hendre, and close to the church of St Cadoc, on a slope overlooking rolling countryside to the W, from which it is a conspicuous feature in the landscape.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Llangattock-Vibon-Avel (Llangatwg Feibion Afel)

Community: Llangattock-Vibon-Avel

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

Built 1877-80 by T.H.Wyatt for J.A. Rolls of The Hendre on the site of the C17 manor house of the Evans family; intended as a dower house but used as the vicarage to St Cadoc's church. Now subdivided and internally partly remodelled, the service wings (etc) at the N end being divided into 3 flats.

Exterior

A rambling Jacobethan edifice. Built of coursed irregular rubble with Bath stone dressings and roofs of brown tiles. The plan, on a NW-SE axis, is irregular, consisting of a main entrance block facing NE with a single gabled wing set back at the SE end (and an original conservatory attached to that), 2 gabled wings at the NW end, the first narrow and set back and the second broad and advanced, the latter with a secondary wing projected from the front and a former kitchen attached to the NW corner. The entrance block and its SE wing are 2-storeyed but the rest is 3-storeyed to roughly the same height, except for the former kitchen which is single-storeyed. The main features of the NE entrance front (which makes less successful use of the historic style than the garden front) are the 3-bay entrance block which has a 2-storey gabled porch in the centre, with a moulded Tudor-arched doorway under a 3-light overlight, a chamfered string-course (carried round the whole building, stepping up and down), a re-set C17 shield of arms of the Evans family above the doorway, and a 3-light mullioned window at 1st floor; and to the left of the porch a disproportionately large 9-light 3-stage mullion-and-transom stairwindow; otherwise, this facade has various 1-light windows with transoms and 2-light mullioned windows; and there is a service doorway at ground floor of the recessed wing. The secondary wing to the front of the NW wing, of 2 lower storeys, has 3 gabled dormers but otherwise altered openings. The W (garden) front makes more creative and more convincing use of C17 style. Exclusive of the kitchen and the conservatory it is a 6-bay composition, no two bays the same, generously fenestrated with a mixture of large mullion-and-transom windows, mullioned windows and cross-windows; with a projected 3-storey gable to the service wing at the NW end, a canted 2-storey bay to the right-hand of the entrance block, 2 hipped half-dormers, and quoined chimney stacks with clustered diamond-set shafts. At the SE end is an ashlar-built conservatory with a symmetrical 3-window Gothick-style facade including a central gablet with a finial; while at the other end, projecting and slightly wrapped round the NW wing, is a single-storey hipped-roofed kitchen wing which has cross-window under a hipped dormer, and a small square 2-stage ventilator with a red-tiled lower stage, short plastered upper stage with circular vent-holes, and a tiled pyramidal roof with a metal finial. Crossing the whole facade except the gable of NW wing is a paved terrace approximately 2m high, faced with rubble, protected by a balustrade of geometrical terracotta openwork, and with a stone staircase projected from the centre.

Interior

The main range retains most of its original features, including marble fireplaces and plaster cornices with floreated enrichment in the main ground-floor rooms. (The staircase is believed to have been repaired or restored following military occupation of the house during the Second World War.) In the conservatory is a pump delivering water from a tank beneath it which receives rainwater from the roof.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an interesting essay in Victorian vernacular revival style, and for its historical associations with the Rolls family of The Hendre.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Church of St Cadoc
    Approximately 1km N of The Hendre; and, apart from the close proximity of Llangattock Manor and Llangattock Farm, in an isolated position approximately 300m west of the lane between Hendre and Newcast
  • II Bryn Heulwen and Monmouth Montessori School
    Standing on its own in a rectangular plot on the SW side of the lane between Llangattock-Vibon-Avel and Newcastle, approximately 250m NNE of the Church of St Cadoc.
  • II Llanvolda Farmhouse
    Approximately 300m N of Hendre crossroads, off the W side of a lane running between Hendre and Llangattock-Vibon-Avel; attractively sited on a slope with woodland to the S and W.
  • II Croesvaen
    On the north side of the road, set back in its own garden approximately 80m E of the present main entrance to The Hendre.
  • II The Hall (former Village Hall)
    At the NW corner of crossroads in Hendre village.
  • II Post Office and Forge Cottage
    Set back in generous front gardens on the N side of the road, approximately 100m E of Hendre crossroads.
  • II Horse trough with flanking walls opposite N drive to The Hendre
    Set back slightly from the roadside opposite the main entrance to The Hendre.
  • II Oak House East and West
    Set back slightly from the road approximately 150m west of the crossroads at The Hendre, forming a conspicuous feature.

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