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'New Mansion' at Ruperra Home Farm

A Grade II Listed Building in Rudry, Caerphilly

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Latitude: 51.5711 / 51°34'15"N

Longitude: -3.1117 / 3°6'42"W

OS Eastings: 323050

OS Northings: 186383

OS Grid: ST230863

Mapcode National: GBR J1.D608

Mapcode Global: VH7BB.0ST0

Entry Name: 'New Mansion' at Ruperra Home Farm

Listing Date: 13 August 1986

Last Amended: 5 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 84994

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On open hillside E of Ruperra Home Farm, and reached by a farm road on W side of minor road between Michaelston-y-Fedw and Draethen.

County: Caerphilly

Community: Rudry (Rhydri)

Community: Rudry

Locality: Ruperra

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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A small late-medieval storeyed house consisting of a first-floor hall and solar, with kitchen and service rooms below. The house was gutted in the C18 to make an agricultural building. The S side faced a yard and had a cattle shed added at its W end, which is now demolished.


Two-storey former house of battered rubble-stone walls and corrugated asbestos-cement roof. The front, facing a former yard, is on the S side and has a wall attached to its L side. A central inserted cow-house doorway is under a timber lintel. To the L is the shadow of a former gabled cattle shed, in which is an inserted doorway with timber surround and lintel. To the R of the central doorway is an added vent strip under a timber lintel, and a doorway under an added concrete lintel further R.

In the R gable end is an external stack cut down below apex and partly corbelled at 1st-floor level. A small blocked window in a (possibly re-used) dressed stone surround and lintel is upper L. The L gable end has a 1st-floor stack (possibly originally on corbels) cut down below apex, to L of which is a 2-light solar window with cusped heads. In the lower storey are blocked windows to former service rooms L and R.

The rear wall has a central cow-house doorway aligned with the front, partly blocked with rubble stone and with an inserted boarded door. To the L of the doorway is a blocked kitchen window with relieving arch. Offset to the L above the central doorway is a boarded loft door under a timber lintel and with brick jambs. A blocked solar window is at upper R.


The plain 4-bay tie-beam roof is C18, after it ceased to be a dwelling. In the R gable end is a segmental-headed kitchen fireplace in the lower storey with an added brick bread oven. In the upper storey is the hall fireplace offset to the L under a timber lintel. Part of a loft survives on cross beams. A ledge in the wall shows that the solar was at a slightly higher level to the L end. In the service rooms below the solar the blocked windows have deep splays.

Reasons for Listing

An important example of a late medieval house retaining early detail despite its conversion for farm use.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Barn at Gwern Leyshon Farm
    Approximately 1.8km SE of Draethen village, reached by short farm road on E side of a minor road between Draethen and Michaelston-y-Fedw. The barn faces W to the farmyard with house on its N side.
  • II Iron Bridge over River Rhymney
    Crossing the River Rhymney approximately 0.9km E of Draethen village and reached by private drive (and footpath) E of a minor road between Draethen and Michaelston-y-Fedw.
  • II Iron Bridge over River Rhymney (partly in Rudry community)
    Crossing the River Rhymney approximately 0.9km E of Draethen village and reached by private drive (and footpath) E of a minor road between Draethen and Michaelston-y-Fedw.
  • II Castellated boundary wall to ha-ha to east and south of Ruperra Castle
    Long section of low boundary wall separating the former pleasure grounds surrounding Ruperra Castle from the parkland beyond. Starts below the summer house and runs roughly south and then west to ter
  • II Summer House to north-east of Ruperra Castle
    Secluded amongst trees approximately 200m north-east of Ruperra Castle due east of the glasshouse. Facing south across the parkland.
  • II Glasshouse to north-east of Ruperra Castle
    Situated approximately 125m uphill to the north-east of Ruperra Castle. Set on a platform site facing south across the former gardens.
  • II* Ruperra Castle
    Approximately 2.5km E of Rudry Church, on high ground above Rhymney valley and reached by private drive W of minor road between Michaelston-y-Fedw and Draethen.
  • II Former Dairy and Laundry to north of Ruperra Castle
    Situated between Ruperra Castle and the stable courtyard and aligned north-south. Ruperra Castle is set in its own grounds and reached from a lane running east from the village of Rudry.

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