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Garden walls at former Bishops Palace (Carmarthenshire County Museum)

A Grade II Listed Building in Abergwili, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.865 / 51°51'53"N

Longitude: -4.2664 / 4°15'59"W

OS Eastings: 244041

OS Northings: 220914

OS Grid: SN440209

Mapcode National: GBR DJ.SLCL

Mapcode Global: VH3LJ.0DC5

Entry Name: Garden walls at former Bishops Palace (Carmarthenshire County Museum)

Listing Date: 22 October 2003

Last Amended: 22 October 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 81930

Location: On the SW side of the former Bishop's Palace, and on the E side of the churchyard.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Abergwili

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

The Bishops Palace was founded by Bishop Barlow of St Davids, appointed in 1536. The palace was substantially rebuilt in Elizabethan style by Bishop Jenkinson (1825-40) but was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1902. It was rebuilt in 1903-7 and remained an episcopal residence until 1972, since when it has been converted to a museum. The walled garden is shown on the 1889 Ordnance Survey.

Exterior

High rubble-stone walls enclosing a garden approximately 60 x 50m. Facing the E side of the churchyard it has a plain coping and is approximately 2.5m high. At the N end it is stepped and incorporates an inserted doorway with freestone surround and round brick head. The door has vertical ribs and leads to a path to the former palace. The S return is battered at the base and, as the ground level is lower, approximately 4m high facing a ditch.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for their special interest as part of the historic character of Abergwili church and Bishop's Palace.

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