Porth Mawr Crickhowell

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are major building remains

NamePorth Mawr Crickhowell
Alternative NamesPorthmawr; Cwrt Carw; Cwrt y Carw; Stag Court
Historic CountryBrecknockshire
Modern AuthorityPowys
1974 AuthorityPowys

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)

Gatehouse Comments

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.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

Historic Wales CADW listed database record number
The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO217185
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  • Gant, R., 1981, Crickhowell: Through the eyes of a tourist 1800-1850 (Brecon Museum) p. 9
  • Haslam, R.., 1979, Buildings of Wales: Powys (Yale University Press) p. 314