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Porth Mawr Crickhowell

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Porthmawr; Cwrt Carw; Cwrt y Carw; Stag Court

In the community of Crickhowell.
In the historic county of Brecknockshire.
Modern authority of Powys.
Preserved county of Powys.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO21751858
Latitude 51.86037° Longitude -3.13759°

Porth Mawr Crickhowell has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are major building remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Two-storey crenellated gate house, projecting forward of adjoining walls, with C19 restorations. Small turret to NE; octagonal chimney. Pointed arched entrance to ground floor, with moulding, hoods, and stops; doors with openwork tops. 2-bay vaulted interior. Chamfered inner arch leading to house (Source CADW listed buildings database). Gate-house to mansion built in late 15th Century by member of Herbert family. (Coflein)

Forward to the street and set into a long rubble crenellated wall now enclosing porth mawr house but formerly the castellated herbert family mansion called cwrt-y-carw. Gatehouse adjoins side of house.
C15, late medieval.
2-storey crenellated gateway set forward from the adjoining walls; early c19 picturesque alterations. Rubble masonry with dressed quoins, extensive creeper. Battlemented parapet, small turret to ne angle, octagonal stone chimney stacl. 4-light window to 1st floor under hood mould, small stair light to right. Pointed arched entrance to ground floor with weathered mouldings, hood and stops; later pointed doors with strapwork panelling and openwork tops. 2-bay interior with c19 sexpartite ribbed vault with bosses; low rubble seats to either side, 6-panel door to right. Chamfered inner arch leading to house with 2 light window, square head and hood mould. (Listed Building Report)

Turreted gateway in the Tudor style. Entrance to Cwrt Carw Mansion (Erected by the Herbert family in the reign of Henry VIII but since demolished and replaced by Regency house on site. (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust HER)

Missed by the usual authors on medieval fortification who seemingly did not consider this late medieval crenelated and turreted gatehouse as fortified although similar buildings, such as Tretower Court often are.
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