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Pentre-ucha

A Grade II Listed Building in Llansilin, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8497 / 52°50'59"N

Longitude: -3.1964 / 3°11'46"W

OS Eastings: 319529

OS Northings: 328697

OS Grid: SJ195286

Mapcode National: GBR 6X.SJ2Y

Mapcode Global: WH78P.WM3P

Entry Name: Pentre-ucha

Listing Date: 25 September 2003

Last Amended: 25 September 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 81911

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Reached by a farm track north from the road between Llansilin village and Moelfre; the site stands slightly apart 100 m north-east of the farmstead of Pentre.

County: Powys

Community: Llansilin

Community: Llansilin

Locality: Pentre

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Probably C17 or C18. The present two-unit main part may have been developed from an earlier single unit building including the large hearth. This appears to have been an early farmhouse in an informal group of farmstead buildings (now named Pentre-ucha, Pentre, and Pentre-bach) appearing collectively as Pentre-moelfre on the Tithe Map of 1843 (Pentre is the present farmhouse, Pentre-bach ruined). It has acquired good domestic windows in the south-facing gable wall.

By the mid C20 Pentre-uchaf had been separated from the others and was part of Moeliwrch farm. It was sold c.1960 to owners who restored it; sold again c.1980, and again recently to the present owners (2003).

A hint of a function of the big hearth and chimney for public baking is preserved in the story of an occupant of Pentre-uchaf in the 1860s. This was 'Old Betsen' described as 'one of the last to bake the special dishes and puddings and to observe the full ritual' of the Mabsant celebrations of St Silin's church 'and its all-night joyousness and dancing with her numerous guests'.

Exterior

A two-storey two-unit cottage in local uncoursed stonework with slate roof and tile ridge. Large lateral chimney at rear (west) surrounded by a later catslide roofed extension.

The house faces east to a garden. Boarded door at left; at right above, a two-light casement window with small panes, the opening for which has been slightly reduced; at right below, a steel window. At left (south) facing the approach lane are small-pane mullion and transom windows above and below, in openings with stone segmental arches, and a small multi-pane window in the rear extension. At right are two small windows irregularly placed. Door and window to rear.

Interior

Two unit, two storey plan with outshut. The house retains its large fireplace, restored.

Reasons for Listing

A minor farmhouse probably of the C17 with a large hearth and an exceptionally large lateral chimney, which has generally retained its exterior character.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Moeliwrch
    Reached by a lane to the west side of the road north from Llansilin village, about ¾ km north west of the village. Sited on high ground above the present farmyard.
  • II Moelfre Hall
    At rear of farm buildings, to north of the road from Llansilin to Moelfre.
  • II Capel Salem
    Situated on the N edge of Llansilin, on the E side of a minor road N from the B4580.
  • II Bronwylfa
    At the west side of the road at the north end of Llansilin village, beside the turning to Rhiwlas.
  • II No. 3 Greenfield Terrace
    At west side of High Street, at north end of Llansilin village.
  • II Telephone Call-box in Llansilin village.
    At the west side of High Street (B4580), close to road junction at north end of village. Set against rubble boundary wall with former local Post Office diagonally opposite.
  • II No. 2 Greenfield Terrace
    At west side of High Street, at north end of Llansilin village.
  • II No. 1 Greenfield Terrace
    At west side of High Street, at north end of Llansilin village.

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