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© Copyright and database right 2020. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey licence number 0100022206

NPRN 301421

Map Reference SO14SW

Grid Reference SO10774151

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Brecknockshire

Community Erwood

Type of Site BUILDING

Broad Class DOMESTIC

Period Post Medieval, Medieval

Site Description Hafodygarreg is a stone-built, 2-storey 17th-19th century farmhouse of three units, with a surviving medieval cruck truss to a former hall-house with single-bay hall. This cruck spere-truss partition has elaborate cusped braces to king-stud between cranked collar and tie-beam.

18th/19th century stone-built farm buildings consist of a parrallel barn range and detached cowhouse range at the lower end forming a 'U' shaped group with the house.
GA Ward, 05/01/2001.

[Additional:] Tree-ring dating commissioned by RCAHMW. Felling date of Summer 1402 for the surviving cruck reported in 'Vernacular Architecture', vol. 35 (2004), p. 110. Hafodygarreg is the earliest precisely-dated house in Wales. (R. F. Suggett/RCAHMW/2005)

Featured as 'the oldest house in Wales' in the series Discovering Welsh Houses filmed by Alfresco and shown on BBC TV Winter 2005. (R.F. Suggett/RCAHMW/Jan. 2006)

ERWOOD, Hafodygarreg (SO 107 415),
Hafodygarreg has the earliest known cruck-truss in Wales with a felling date of summer 1402 (VA 35 (2004), 110).
The open-hall house developed into a stone-walled storeyed house of hearth-passage type with fireplace inserted
against the surviving cruck-truss and a fi replace stair giving access to a new upper storey. Further tree-ring dating shows that the hall ceiling and fireplace were inserted in the mid-1570s. A precise felling date of Winter 1574/5 was obtained.
Dating reported in Vernacular Architecture, Vol. 41 (2010), pp. 113-14. R. F. Suggett/RCAHMW/October 2010.

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