CPAT Regional Sites & Monuments Record

PRN 30751 - Welshpool, Severn Street 24
Listed Building 7854 (II )

NGR :- SJ2256307432 (SJ20NW)
Unitary authority :- Powys
Community :- Welshpool
Prefered site type :- Post Medieval - House (Building - Intact )

Regency. 3 storeys. Ashlared stucco. Symmetrical. Sash windows with glazing bars; 3 on upper storeys, 2 on each side below. Heavy central stone porch of 2 pairs of Tuscan columns and 2 1/2-columns with cornice. Double sill-band on 1st floor. Built by Richard Griffiths-Parry. 2 storey hipped rear extension. Ashlar. 3 sash windows. Wooden cornice. Railings have lattice band and urn stanchions.

(Former listing description)

The following is from Cadw's Listed Buildings database

A prominent building in the continuously developed S side of the street.

The Mansion House was built by a lawyer, Richard Griffiths-Parry, c1820, as his own residence. It remained in use as a house until c1918, when it became offices. It now houses the County Court.

Lined-out render to main elevation which is local rubble to the rear; ashlar faced W wing with hipped roof to rear, the kitchen wing rendered, and the right-hand wing brick faced with rubble in gable end. Slate roofs with end-wall stacks. Entrance front is 3 storeyed, a broad 3-window range with central entrance. Portico porch with coupled Doric columns and engaged shafts, carrying heavy cornice and blocking course. Ground floor has 2 x12-pane sash windows to either side of the entrance. Similar 12-pane sashes to first floor, with continuous sill band; 9-pane sashes to upper storey. Moulded wood parapet cornice. To the rear, the W wing has 3 floor-length small-paned French windows to ground floor, and 12-pane sashes above. Similar 2-pane sashes to first floor of kitchen wing (its lower storey obscured by later extensions), and in right hand wing, which has horizontally sliding small-paned sashes to ground floor in return elevation to E.

Principle rooms to either side of the central entrance hall, and in the western rear wing, with principle staircase between the 2 western rooms. Kitchen, service rooms and back staircase in E rear wing. Shallow dog-leg staircase has enriched cast iron balusters, swept rail and moulded tread ends, and is top-lit by a lantern with radial glazing. Much original detailing survives, including a number of ornamented marble fire-surrounds, and enriched cast-iron grates, and moulded plaster cornices (a deep vine scroll frieze in the lower rear room, for instance). Former kitchen retains a large cast-iron range, made by Flavel and Co of Leamington.

To either side of the porch, spear head railings with lattice band and urn finials to principle posts enclose a narrow forecourt.

A high-quality early C19 town house retaining much of its original character, both in its external appearance and internal arrangement.

Ion Trant, The Changing Face of Welshpool, 1986, p.90.

Cadw , 1981 , Powys: List No. 16 (Welshpool) , 45
Cadw Listing database , 2000 , ,
Jones, N W, Silvester, R J & Britnell, W J , 2003 , Montgomery Canal Conservation Management Strategy. Landscape Archaeology Assessment , CPAT Report 550 .
Additional sources:-
Ion Trant, The Changing Face of Welshpool, 1986, p.90.

Assessment CPAT / 2003(31/08/03) -
Desktop study CPAT / 2003(31/08/03) -
HLC CPAT / 2003(31/08/03) -

record created 31/12/89 RR89 - copyright CPAT , last updated 10/05/04
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Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust, Curatorial Section, 7a Church Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7DL.
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