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West Tarr Vaulted Hall House

A Scheduled Monument in Penally (Penalun), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.6734 / 51°40'24"N

Longitude: -4.765 / 4°45'54"W

OS Eastings: 208910

OS Northings: 200802

OS Grid: SN089008

Mapcode National: GBR GC.SR2C

Mapcode Global: VH2PR.C69H

Entry Name: West Tarr Vaulted Hall House

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1985

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2732

Cadw Legacy ID: PE423

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: House (domestic)

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Penally (Penalun)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of the remains of a house measuring 7.5m long, 5m wide, 6.5m high to ridge. It is stone built and consists of two stone vaults, a 2.3m high ground floor flat vault, with a 3.8m high more pointed vault on 1st floor level. The remains of the lateral chimney are scanty, as the upper part has gone, and the lower part has been broken through to provide the first floor entrance. One ground floor end wall has gone, but the position of the stair linking the two floors is clear. Both floors have medieval slit windows. The roof is slate, but in poor condition. Referred to in documents along with Carswell, with which it is closely related. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of settlement and domestic activity. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. A house may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value. The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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