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HEPSTE FAWR LONGHOUSE, YSTRADFELLTE

Site Details



NPRN 25605

Map Reference SN91SE

Grid Reference SN9512712116

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Brecknockshire

Community Ystradfellte

Type of Site LONGHOUSE

Broad Class DOMESTIC

Period Post Medieval

Site Description 1. NAR SN91SE11
Old welsh longhouse- stone. Direct communication with cowshed. Open fire. Spiral wooden stair.

DK Leighton September 1983

2. Hepste Fawr is situated on a minor road running parallel to the river and main road, 2km south-east of Ystradfellte, west of the A4059 and the Afon Hepste. It is a stone-built house, with the upper end built into the slope and the byre is at a lower level and fronted by a cobbled yard. The width of the hall, at over 6m, suggests a substantial 17th century house. The living room is directly linked to the byre, which is also a feature of this period. The beast house is complete and still used, with arrangements for the bull, calves and milking cows. Much of this was re-built in the 19th century. It appears a north-wing was added in the 18th century, which probably included a dairy and a parlour. The house was extended in height to 2 storeys, probably in the 19th century. Externally, the doors, windows and slated roof also date from this period. The living room has a large open fireplace, beams, and stone slate floor. There is a spiral wooden staircase. The original builder may well have been William Jones, who died in 1691 and David and Elizabeth Walters may have made the 19th century alterations.
(Sources: Brycheiniog 1972, Jones and Smith, 'The Houses of Breconshire', pp. 4-6; CADW listed buildings database, 6 June 1962).
Ian Archer, RCAHMW, 21st February 2005

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