RECENT WORK - 'FARMHOUSES' - March - May 2010

31st May 2010
RECENT WORK

FARMHOUSES: MARCH – MAY 2010

Although obviously not mansions I have begun to photograph some of the large farmhouses that sit, although not unnoticed, ruined. Sometimes deep within the landscape and other times beside major roads, these vernacular properties are left empty due to disputes in wills or are just simply left since there is no generation of farmer to work and live there. Many built before the later end of the 19th century would have been thatched and a good deal made from ‘clom’ or ‘cob’ (as used in England) a mixture of mud, straw and water and then rendered with lime and whitewashed.

The farmhouses were either detached from the outbuildings or joined. These joined properties were known as ‘longhouses’ and the ‘byre’ part of the building housed the livestock, often using a shared entrance for animal and human residence. The chimney was built in the centre of the property.

I have only, slowly, begun to photograph such properties and have yet to develop black and white prints due to having moved house recently and currently being without a darkroom. Below however are some colour snapshots of the farm buildings visited. Please contact me if you know of any farmhouses that lay derelict, primarily in Ceredigion to begin with, and also not so derelict that so little remains.

To view many more older colour images of various welsh ruins including industrial and domestic dwellings please click on ‘Other Welsh Ruins’ on main menu bar.


Cwm Newydion Canol, Trisant, Ceredigion 2010


Cwm Newydion Canol, Trisant, Ceredigion 2010


Cwm Newydion Canol, Trisant, Ceredigion 2010


Cwm Newydion Uchaf, Trisant, Ceredigion 2010


Cwm Newydion Uchaf, Trisant, Ceredigion 2010


Cwm Newydion Uchaf, Trisant, Ceredigion 2010


Smith Cottages, Pont-rhyd-y-groes 2010


Smith Cottages, Pont-rhyd-y-groes 2010


Smith Cottages, Pont-rhyd-y-groes 2010


Smith Cottages, Pont-rhyd-y-groes 2010


Unknown Farm Building with Cob Walls, Cnwch Coch, Ceredigion 2010


Unknown Farm Building with Cob Walls and Slate facade, Cnwch Coch, Ceredigion 2010


Rhosyrhiw, Pontrhydygroes 2010


Rhosyrhiw, Pontrhydygroes 2010


Dolgors, Devil's Bridge 2010


Dolgors, Devil's Bridge 2010


Dolgors, Devil's Bridge 2010


Trawsnant Farmstead, Llyn Brianne 2010


Trawsnant Farmstead, Llyn Brianne 2010


Trawsnant Farmstead, Llyn Brianne 2010


Caermeirch, Hafod 2010


Maesglas, Abergwesyn mountain road 2010


Maesglas, Abergwesyn mountain road 2010


Blaen Marchnant, Ysbyty Ystwyth 2010


Blaen Marchnant, Ysbyty Ystwyth 2010


Rhos Marchnant (Longhouse), Ysbyty Ystwyth 2010 – I am uncertain of the name of this farmhouse but have named it Rhos Marchnant since it is on the edge of the forestry plantation of that name.


Rhos Marchnant (Longhouse), Ysbyty Ystwyth 2010


Marchant-Isaf, Ysbyty Ystwyth 2010 – I am unsure of the name of this property but have named it after the forestry it sits beside, just down from Rhos Marchnant.


Marchant-Isaf, Ysbyty Ystwyth 2010


Marchant-Isaf, Ysbyty Ystwyth 2010 (note the dead sheep but also the sheep droppings, at least two feet deep, on the lower floor of the house).


Marchant-Isaf, Ysbyty Ystwyth 2010


Marchant-Isaf, Ysbyty Ystwyth 2010

Below are pictures of the farmhouse that stands in the barren centre of Aberystwyth’s golf course. Surely a use could be made for it other than a golfers obstacle?


Farmhouse (Name?) at Golf Course, Aberystywth 2010


Farmhouse (Name?) at Golf Course, Aberystywth 2010


Farmhouse (Name?) at Golf Course, Aberystywth 2010

I am uncertain if this small farmhouse is called Brignant but since the river Brignant runs beside it, for my own purposes, I call it Brignant. I have been coming to this lovely secluded spot for twenty years and have seen the house slowly deteriorate.


Brignant (?) Farmhouse, Devil’s Bridge 2010


Brignant (?) Farmhouse, Devil’s Bridge 2010


Brignant (?) Farmhouse, Devil’s Bridge 2010


Once the negatives are developed and prints are made the full selection of large format black and white work will be displayed in the relevant galleries.

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Photo comment By Alu Evans: Unknown farm house with cob walls at Cnwch-coch is "Derwn Bedwen"

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