CPAT Regional Sites & Monuments Record

PRN 30697 - Welshpool, Mount Street 1
Listed Building 7814 (II )

NGR :- SJ2219907605 (SJ20NW)
Unitary authority :- Powys
Community :- Welshpool
Prefered site type :- Medieval ? - House (Building - Intact )

Probably C16, altered. Timber-framed. 2 storeys. Rendered. 3 fixed windows, mid one in advanced wing to right of centre. Shopfront on ground floor, partly under pentice roof in angle with wing. Interior has exposed timbers including one with double roll on one face, evidently bressumer to left side of wing. Renewed steep roof.

(Former listing description)

Recording project undertaken by CPAT in December 2003 in connection with renovation works (Williams, B & Jones, N W, 2004).

Appears to have originally been a two-bay timber-framed structure of the 16th-century. An adjacent building to the west no longer survives. During the 17th-century a timber-framed rear wing was added at right-angles to the street front, with a lateral stone chimney along the west wall. The timber-framed porch is also likely to be 17th-century in date, although it may post-date the rear wing. The timber framing was probably originally infilled with wattle and daub, most of the structural timbers retain evidence for the stave holes where the panels were attached. The street frontage has undergone considerable modifications associated with its use as a shop, and original doors and windows elsewhere have been replaced. An internal load-bearing breeze-block wall has been constructed on the western gable end although the timber framing has been retained. North elevation: Timber-framed porch and modern ground floor alterations to create shop front (incorporates reused timbers). First floor of porch has upper central window, not original but may have replaced earlier fitting. Window on upper west corner of main building may also have replaced original fitting. Elaborate moulded sill beneath the above appears to be later insertion.

Roof: Roof of main wing and porch much altered, although purlins survive. Purlins cut on north side to accommodate porch, complete on south where rear wing added. All rafters and ridge pole have been replaced.

West elevation: Significant survival of original timber framing. Timber framing for porch modified on ground floor. Gable end of main wing has open timber framing with breeze-block wall behind. Holes for staves to support wattle and daub panels apparent throughout. On ground floor wattle and daub panels later replaced by brick infill with plastered interior. On first floor wattle and dub retained with plastered interior. West elevation (rear wing): Lateral chimney in rear wing largely of random stone. Northern edge, against main gable, is of later brick. Ground floor timber framing replaced with brick, with insertion of window and door (19th-century?). Timber framing survives on first floor with original upper central window opening, indicated by two peg holes in central timber rail.

One of the best preserved historic buildings in Welshpool. The internal structure is likely to retain significant original detail, further recording should be considered in the event that additional renovation works are undertaken (Williams, B & Jones, N W, 2004).

The following is from Cadw's Listed Buildings database

At the bottom of Mount Street, immediately adjacent to No 19 High Street

Probably built in the early C17, and modified later, especially on conversion to a shop: originally a small 2-unit house with storeyed central porch (a scaled-down version of a once-common rural house type in the area); the ground floor of the porch was removed (the upper storey then carried on cast-iron columns) and a lean-to extension added to one side of it to extend the shop frontage, probably in the mid-late C19.

Timber-framed structure obscured by rendering, but partially exposed in rear elevation. Steep slate roof. 2 storeys, 2-unit plan, with central storeyed porch wing. Ground floor occupied by late C19 shop front, extending into lean-to extension against left-hand return of porch: symmetrically designed shop-front (though asymmetrical in relation to the original building) has central door flanked by almost square 4-paned shop windows. Blocked doorway to passage to right. Upper storey has blocked window in porch, and 3-light wood mullioned and transomed window to right; 2-light casement window to left. Long rear wing.

Included as an important surviving example of the timber-framed building tradition within the town, retaining much of its original form through subsequent alteration.

Sources:-
CPAT visit form , 1992 , ,
Cadw , 1981 , Powys: List No. 16 (Welshpool) , 31
Cadw Listing database , 2000 , ,
Silvester, R J , 1992 , Montgomeryshire Historic Settlements , CPAT report 40 October 1992 .
Williams, B & Jones, N W , 2004 , 1 Mount Street, Welshpool, Powys. Building Survey , CPAT Report No. 617 February 2004 .

Events:-
Visit CPAT / 1992(22/09/92) -
Building survey CPAT / 2003(/ /) - Commercial

record created 31/12/89 CM89 - copyright CPAT , last updated 23/04/04
The above data are supplied by CPAT in partnership with its Local Authorities and the partners of END, CPAT SMR partnership, 2004 (and in part Crown, 2004 - as indicated)



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