Restoration of a Scheduled Monument to a worker's cottage
Ty Afal were appointed in 2012 to act as design and planning agents for the re-building of a ruined house in the open countryside in Cwm Llech, Llangynog. Immediately it was recognised that the house and its situation were unique in nature and we consulted with CADW, the Welsh Goverment's historic environment service as to the conservation strategy for the site. Through research at the Welsh National Library and local knowledge it was established that Tŷ-uchaf was built in 1665 by the poet Cadwaladr Roberts. Working with CADW the proposed strategy was to initially protect the ruin as a Scheduled Monument (SAM Mg 340) as Ty Uchaf is a good example of a post-medieval farmstead.
The next stage prior to a planning application was to carry out an initial archaeological survey. This was carried out by CPAT in early February 2014 and part-funded by CADW. The findings of the archaeological survey will inform the reconstruction of the house. The restoration project is seen as providing an opportunity to enhance our knowledge of the development of agriculture, subsistence and rural domestic life in northeast Wales. The proposed dwelling will provide necessary accommodation for an on-site Game-Keeper's cottage for the popular Long Mountain Shoot at Cwm Llech, Llangynog.
The project is on-going.