Llwyd Mansion

22 Jun 2003
Llwyd Mansion, 1 And 3 Cross Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2NG
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

SJ 2929 NW OSWESTRY C.P. CROSS STREET (north side)

14/65 Nos. 1 and 3 (Llwyd - Mansion) 10.9.51 GV I

House, with ground floor latterly used as shops, now empty. Mid- to late C15, re-modelled c. 1604 with later additions and alterations.

Timber frame with plaster infill, partly painted in imitation externally, late C19 machine tile roof and 2 yellow brick stacks with moulded capping to back wall. Original plan appears to have comprised 4 units, the ground and first floors of each unit possibly forming a 2-storey shop, with an open solar above; now truncated by at least half a bay to Bailey Street side. 3 storeys and gable-lit attic; framing: close-set vertical posts with middle rail to second floor and irregular square and rectangular panels with long straight tension braces to first floor; ground floor has C20 shop front and brick plinth carried round to left gable end; this and the front are jettied to first and second floors (and also formerly to attic gable), the second-floor moulded bressumer is supported by carved brackets springing from thin wooden posts with cushion capitals, which rise from first-floor bressumer beneath (evidence for appearance of first-floor jetty destroyed by insertion of shop front); irregular fenestration, 3 late C19 casements directly below eaves to second floor, first floor has wooden mullioned and transomed windows with projecting moulded cills to left, right and centre and a restored C15 four-light trefoil-headed window with mouchettes and quatrefoils above between centre and right windows; immediately to left of centre mullioned and transomed window is a small blocked 4-light mullion window, probably also original to building; gable has two 3-light mullioned and transomed windows with projecting moulded cills to first floor and a similar 4-light window above, small fixed-light window with quatrefoil decoration below to attic: all the gable windows were, however, considerably restored and replaced or newly made when this part of the building was truncated in late C19; plaster roundel to left-hand side of second floor on front has double-headed eagle (coat-of-arms of Lloyd family) and the words"LLWYD/1604/MANSION" painted in late C19/C20 lettering.

Interior: interpretation of original lay-out of ground floor difficult owing to presence of C20 mezzanine [due to be removed at time of re-survey (August 1985)]; first floor has boxed-in ceiling beams, upward and downward swinging braces from wall-posts, and dragon beam for jetty above in left-hand bay; more can be seen on second floor: 3 square-panelled cross walls have plastered wattle and daub infill but ceiling is later insertion and this floor was originally open to roof; this is of Queen-strut construction in 5 bays with both open and closed trusses, curved cusped windbraces and downward and upward swinging chamfered curved braces to tie beams from principal rafters and wall-posts respectively. The unusual arrangement of this house, including the possibility that the second bay from right was a smoke bay, deserves further study. Scheduled Ancient Monument, County No. 138, B.O.E. p. 224; Salop County Sites and Monuments Record PRN 1120; Carole Ryan, personal communication.

Listing NGR: SJ2907229622


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2188 IOE Records taken by Les White; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Les White. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: White, Les

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