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NPRN 26901

Map Reference SJ24NE

Grid Reference SJ29874872

Unitary (Local) Authority Wrexham

Old County Denbighshire

Community Esclusham

Type of Site HALL HOUSE

Broad Class DOMESTIC

Period Post Medieval, Medieval

Site Description Plas Cadwgan comprises the original medieval nucleus, from perhaps as early as the 14th century, with a 16th or 17th-century addition to the east end. The surviving structure is only the south wing of a much large U-shaped mansion. The medieval hall is the significant survival. It is T-shaped in plan, with the dais end being slightly wider than the screen end. There is a central truss over the hall consisting of two exceptionally large and well-fashioned ovolo-moulded cruck blades. Dividing the hall from the passage is an unusual form of spere-truss, where the two ovolo- and cavetto-moulded speres are carried up to the blades of a collar beam truss, not to a cross beam. They are joined to the collar by very large arched braces. The space between the speres is occupied by a post and plaster partition. Internally, the house retains a plaster ceiling in the hall, and a well stair with finialed newels and pierced balusters. The house was demolished in 1967 and the central and spere trusses were re-erected at the Avoncroft Museum, Worcestershire.

Source: DE/DOM/SJ24NE, from an RCAHMW report
J. Archer, RCAHMW, 15.10.2004

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