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Old Court

A Grade II Listed Building in Dinas Powis, Vale of Glamorgan

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4338 / 51°26'1"N

Longitude: -3.2198 / 3°13'11"W

OS Eastings: 315301

OS Northings: 171240

OS Grid: ST153712

Mapcode National: GBR HW.NW8H

Mapcode Global: VH6FL.47N5

Entry Name: Old Court

Listing Date: 3 May 2002

Last Amended: 3 May 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26505

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Fronting the W side of the triangular green in the village centre, and at the end of the row attached to The Star Inn.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Town: Cardiff

Community: Dinas Powys

Community: Dinas Powys

Built-Up Area: Dinas Powis

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Dated c1550. In lease of 1639 referred to as 'The Courthouse, also Newhouse, in our Manor of Dinas Powys'. Also formerly used as a farmhouse. Photograph of c 1900 shows the attached Star Inn before rebuilding in its present form, the Old Court forming the end of a row of 4 units and very similar in dimensions to its then adjacent unit. Visible in The Star Inn in the dividing wall is a further pointed arched doorway. Shown on the tithe map and in the apportionment as part of The Star Inn in 1840.

Exterior

Former courthouse. Built of roughcast-rendered stone with slate roof and yellow brick end stack. C20 glazing in roughly C16 style, a 2-window range. Two storeys and attic. Pointed arched chamfered stone entrance doorway with contrasting stone imposts at left with date plaque 1550 above; to right tiny staircase windows on 2 storeys. Walls are slightly battered. Extended to rear.

Interior

Main ground floor room has an open fireplace with chamfered 4-centred arched wooden lintel and bake oven recess, pointed chamfered arch with heavy jambs to staircase adjacent right and beamed ceiling recess left; 4 cross beams, pointed arched doorway to rear with bolt holes. Blocked opening to side wall shared with the Star Inn, in which a further pointed arched doorway is visible. Spiral staircase with stone steps and corbelled vault rises through 2 storeys to attic where one main A-frame timber is visible.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as the earliest surviving building in the village centre retaining much of its historic fabric. Group value with the War Memorial.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II War Memorial
    In the middle of the triangular green at the centre of the village on paving enclosed by chain fencing hung from stone piers.
  • II Dinas Powys Parish Hall
    Just to W and on rising ground above the village centre, on a railed and walled terrace of random stone reached by steps.
  • II The Mount
    Facing the Common on ground rising from and SW of the village centre. Set back from the road in a walled garden with entrance comprising tall rendered piers and tall decorative wrought iron gates.
  • II Church of St Peter
    On low-lying ground by the Cadoxton River a short distance N of the village centre.
  • II Remains of Dinas Powis Castle
    On a wooded spur in Castle Wood, immediately above the C20 development of Lettons Way and reached by footpath from there.
  • II Lon Twyn
    On rising ground NW of the village centre, set within terraced gardens with views S over the Bristol Channel.
  • II ,1-6,Little Orchard,,,,
    Little Orchard is a small cul-de-sac opening off the original line of Murch Road on the east side of Dinas Powys. The 6 houses are sited above the access road on its east and south sides.
  • II Garn-hill and attached garden terrace
    On a south facing slope NE of the hamlet of St Andrews Major, reached by a long drive from the hamlet and set in terraced gardens.

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