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Bullhouse (Old Chapel) at West Aberthaw Farm

A Grade II Listed Building in St. Athan (Sain Tathan), Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.3921 / 51°23'31"N

Longitude: -3.4053 / 3°24'18"W

OS Eastings: 302321

OS Northings: 166835

OS Grid: ST023668

Mapcode National: GBR HM.RJ57

Mapcode Global: VH6FN.X8MM

Entry Name: Bullhouse (Old Chapel) at West Aberthaw Farm

Listing Date: 3 September 2004

Last Amended: 3 September 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 83112

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: A part of the farmyard group about 50m west of West Aberthaw Farmhouse.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Town: Barry

Community: St. Athan (Sain Tathan)

Community: St. Athan

Locality: West Aberthaw

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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This building is said to have been a chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas but there is no real visual evidence to support this, unless the base of the walls, where they are thicker and battered, indicates some medieval fabric. It does, however, appear to have been converted in the C19 into a bullhouse from an earlier building of a possibly ecclesiastical character. It seems to be shown on the Tithe Map of 1839.


The building is constructed of roughly coursed local lias limestone rubble with dressed quoins, Welsh slate roof. It is a single cell building on two storeys with a gabled roof. The entrance is in the east gable and has a quoined doorway under a flat stone lintel. Above this is evidence of a blocked window with segmental head and above that signs that the gable has been raised. The south wall has indications of two blocked windws over a C19 doorway. The wallhead has been raised, as has that on the north wall where it accommodates a plain door to the hayloft. West gable end not seen.


The interior, which shows the thicker base walling, is divided into two pens and retains its wooden hayrack. Queen strut roof trusses with iron reinforcement on the struts.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special interest as a part of a very complete C19 Vale farmstead group.

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